ANNAPOLIS - A Senate committee this week dampened efforts by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, to promote Maryland wine making in agricultural areas, saying money being sought for promotions is needed elsewhere.
Munson has sponsored two bills, one of which would renew an advisory commission on wine and grape growing. The other would establish a promotion council for Maryland wineries, funded with money collected from taxes on wine.
Del. Virginia Clagett, D-Anne Arundel, has filed companion bills in the House.
Munson told the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee that the $5 million now generated in taxes on wine sales in Maryland could triple or quadruple if the state were to invest in the industry. Maryland, he said, is a great place to grow grapes and bottle wine.