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California Governor Signs New Wine Legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed two wine-related measures that were authored by North Coast State Senator Patricia Wiggins: Senate Bill (SB) 806 and Senate Bill (SB) 1096. SB 806 goes into effect on January 1, 2011 and permits wine to be returned to the state of California when the wine is taken out-of-state provided that the wine was purchased from a holder or a beer or wine wholesaler’s license or an off-sale retail license that only sells wine. Alternatively, the signing of SB 1096 into law allows for a variety of technical and code maintenance alterations of several clauses of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. The changes account for changes in modern technology, such as including prevailing direct inquiry specifications to allow for any electronic inquiries from consumers.

To view more information on either bill, including the full text and history, visit SB 806 and SB 1096.

(Sources: Governor Signs Wine Legislation; and Governor Signs Wiggins Wine Legislation.)

(Image Credit: TLC Cooking.)

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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