A Soda Canyon winery has agreed to pay $43,500 in penalties and to not invite the public for wine tastings as part of a zoning dispute settlement with the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.
Also, state regulators temporarily suspended Patland Estate Vineyards’ beer and wine wholesaler license for selling alcohol at the winery without the proper permit, according to state regulators. Under the suspension, Patland cannot sell or distribute wine or other alcohol for 15 days.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control posted the suspension notice at the winery on Thursday, said ABC spokesman John Carr.
The district attorney’s allegations against Patland Estate Vineyards, 2431 Soda Canyon Road, included renting space for special events and allowing wine tastings at the winery.
In addition to the $43,500 in penalties, owners Henry and Olga Patland agreed to pay $15,000 in restitution and about $5,800 in legal costs, according to the settlement filed in Napa County.
The Patlands, while not admitting fault, have agreed not to use the property for wine tastings or special events or “transient commercial occupancy,” under the agreement reached in December with the district attorney.
The case came to the county’s attention after an investigation by ABC.
According to ABC regulators, Patland Estate Vineyards allegedly sold alcohol at their winery when Patland’s license only allows for the sale of wine by mail, online or by phone.
ABC filed four accusations against Patland Estate Vineyards, which led to the 15-day suspension. They included allegedly selling a bottle of wine to a consumer at the winery and furnishing wine tastings on July 30, according to ABC.
The Patlands could not be reached for comment. According to its website, the winery, which released its first wines in 2010, had touted tastings.
Statewide, ABC suspended 627 beer and wine licenses between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.