California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control recently warned that it has received reports from licensees throughout the state of persons impersonating ABC representatives. The impersonators are reportedly calling ABC license holders and claiming that the ABC has conducted an investigation and found the licensee to have violated the prohibition against the sale of alcohol to […]

Is your winery online? If you have an internet or social media presence, it’s important to know what kind of information you’re allowed to post, and what is prohibited. Any social media platform is considered, as a whole, an advertisement. What this means is that your entire Facebook page, website, Twitter page, YouTube channel, etc. […]

It’s tough out there for any new business. Even in the best of economies, you have to deal with the formalities required by state and federal governments, filings, fees, and – let’s face it – lawyers. But some types of businesses have it especially bad, and high on that list is the new alcohol producer. […]

For the next ten days, The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will be accepting applications for new general liquor licenses authorized for issuance last month. The fee for a new license is $13,800 (inter-county transfer applications will also be accepted during this time, with a fee of $6,000). Notably, 5 new on-sale general liquor […]

One California lawmaker wants to see the state’s alcoholic beverage laws simplified, if for no other reason than to stop wasting the legislature’s time. Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Irvine, was in a committee hearing in which one community college district sought an exemption from the state’s ban on drinking alcohol on school campuses during special events. […]