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Wine Legislation Brewing in California

Recently, California legislators approved a proposed wine label law for those wine products of Sonoma County that will subsequently require vitners to place “Sonoma County” on any wine label that names a local appellation. The bill, Assembly Bill 1798, passed in the state Senate 36-0 on Monday and in the Assembly 74-0 on Friday. The legislation, which will start in 2014, calls for “any wine labeled with an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located entirely within Sonoma County — such as Russian River Valley or Dry Creek Valley — [to] also include the word “Sonoma County” on the label . . .” (See Viticulture Briefs: Wine Labeling Bill Nearly Law.)

Additionally, on Friday, California legislators sent a bill (Assembly Bill 605) to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that could extend wine and liquor tastings to local supermarkets and other liquor outlets. Read more about the bill at Alcoholic Beverage Tasting to Come to Grocery Stores?

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice.


Lindsey A. Zahn


Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is an alcohol beverage and food attorney and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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