Put a Cork in It or Screw It: The Practicality of Wine Closures

Natural corks, often used as wine enclosures, have been used for centuries by winemakers and have been shown to contribute to the sustainability for habitats of certain endangered species. The Cork Quality Council reported that conservation and development of cork forests can inhibit desertification of cork forests through North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Cork […]

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Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Tastings at Your Local Grocery Store

Have you ever seen wine tastings being conducted at a local grocery store or beer samples being offered at a local package store? That is because off-sale alcoholic beverage retailers in the state of California may apply for a license allowing them to have “instructional tasting events” for consumers on their licensed premises “on the […]

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California Drought Brings Afloat New Legislation

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California, due to the State experiencing what is “perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”[1] As a part of this Proclamation, Brown mandated that water consumption be reduced by 20% by 2020, ordered […]

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Labeling and Marketing “Organic” Alcoholic Beverage Products

In an industry where sustainability is commended and local ingredients are always celebrated, it is no wonder that alcoholic beverage manufacturers are choosing to showcase “certified organic” products within their marketing. Brewers such as Eel River Brewing Company in Scotia, California, the nation’s first certified organic brewery, advertise their beer with an environmentally conscious mind, […]

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Wine Tastings Now Allowed At California Farmer’s Markets

Wineries and cider makers in California may now allow tastings at certified farmers’ markets following Governor Jerry Brown’s approval of Assembly Bill 2488 on July 8, 2014. The new law, codified in §23399.4 of the California Business & Professions Code, will allow the holder of a winegrower’s license to apply for a certified farmers’ market sales […]