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Panel approves measure to promote NJ wine industry



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state Senate panel has unanimously approved a measure that aims to bolster New Jersey’s wine industry.

The bill would create the New Jersey Wine Board and make it responsible for facilitating growth in the state’s wine industry through advertisements, research and education. The board also could take part in promoting revenue-producing activities such as growing grapes or producing wine.

The measure also increases funds for the board’s efforts to include revenue from sales of alcoholic cider. Revenue from wine, sparkling wine and vermouth to support the efforts will also increase.

The Economic Growth Committee approved the measure Monday. It now heads to the Senate’s Budget and Appropriations committee.

The bill’s sponsor says New Jersey wines are good enough to compete with those produced around the world.