The winery ordinance in Santa Barbara County is undergoing an update, and local wine industry groups would like a seat at the table to discuss modifications. Last week, Buellton City Council passed a resolution telling the county that they support giving two groups – the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association and the Santa Rita Hills Wine […]

The California Water Resources Control Board’s newly enacted regulations to deal with frost protection in the Russian River Watershed are being challenged in court.  A coalition of growers in the region, called the Russian River Water Users for the Environment, along with four individual growers, filed suit in the Sacramento County Superior Court claiming the […]

Personalized labels are special products offered by some importers, bottlers, and wholesalers directly to a consumer who wants a bottle, for example, to commemorate a special event such as an anniversary or wedding. They are distinct from private labels, which are created for purchasers other than the ultimate consumer of the wine (i.e. a house […]

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills last week that impact alcoholic beverage sales. The first, AB 623, creates a limited direct-to-consumer license for wineries in California. As of January 1, wineries can apply for the new license, which will permit direct sales to consumers, provided the licensee meets several conditions. The conditions require the winery […]

Vineyard and orchard owners in the Russian River Watershed will face heightened regulations of the water they divert for frost protection next spring. The California State Water Resources Control Board voted yesterday to approve new rules that have been under development and the subject of heated debate for two years. The move to regulate has […]

Some state lawmakers and the grocery clerks union think that in order to purchase alcohol at the grocery store, you should have to deal with a human cashier. The Assembly recently passed AB183, which would ban the sale of alcohol in self-checkout aisles. The bill goes to the Senate this week. During his term as […]

While not widely known as a wine region, wine grapes are Sacramento County’s leading agricultural crop by value. Sacramento County has 19,430 acres planted to wine grapes (based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2010 California Grape Acreage Report) and is the ninth-largest wine grape-producing county in California. However, the county only has 18 bonded […]

Oklahoma is currently one of 16 states that do not allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, a law that some think should change in order to bring hundreds of new jobs to the state. Costco, one of the country’s largest retailers, operates over 400 stores, none of which are located in Oklahoma. The […]

The Calistoga City Council has been considering whether they apply the same standards to wineries and tasting rooms inside the city as the county applies to them outside, requiring that 75 percent of the grapes used in their production be grown in Napa County. The County regulation is known as the Wine Definition Ordinance. Enacted […]

Current law bars breweries from opening a tasting room unless the facility meets all of the more-stringent health and safety codes that govern restaurants and food production facilities. But a bill approved by the State Senate on Thursday and sent to Governor Brown for signature would make it easier and cheaper for craft breweries to […]

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