In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2004 which allowed wineries to sell wine by the bottle and by the glass for consumption on premises starting in 2009. Sponsored by Assembly member Noreen Evans and supported by the Wine Institute, several inconsistencies arose in AB 2004 which are now addressed by a second bill sponsored by Evans, AB 1470,  that took effect January 1, 2010. Wineries are now allowed to sell wine by the bottle and by the glass at their duplicate permit locations instead of being limited to one ounce pours. AB 1470 also includes provisions that make it legal for consumers to take home partially consumed bottles; however, with this new privilege comes a thirty-day review for the second location’s permit, the same public review process the winery goes through when obtaining the master license for its primary location.

Will this new law be a boon to wineries? Is it worth the effort to open a second tasting room given  the new requirement for a thirty-day public review? A representative for Noreen Evans is being reconfirmed to speak at the next Women for WineSense event on January 21, 2010 at Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma.  Click here to register for the event.

For further reading on the AB 2004 and AB 1470:

AB 2004

AB 1470

October 2009 Wines & Vines Article

Post Author Leah McNally, WWS Intern

Editor Thayne Cockrum, WWS Communications Director