Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two wine-related measures authored by State Senator Patricia Wiggins (D – Santa Rosa).
Senate Bill 806, which goes into effect January 1, allows for the return of wine taken out-of-state where the wine was purchased from a holder of a beer and wine wholesaler's license or an off-sale retail license that only sells wine.
SB 806 is “a consumer bill which will allow consumers to return wine to any winemaker without regard to the winemaker's license,” Wiggins said in a press release.
Existing law only allows consumers to return wine to winegrowers with an ABC Type 02 (winegrower) license.
Over the past several years, hundreds of virtual wineries holding a combined Type 17 and Type 20 license sell wine to customers for use out of state.
Schwarzenegger also signed Wiggins’ SB 1096, which likewise goes into effect next January.
SB 1096 makes various technical and code maintenance changes to several provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to keep up with modern technology, including existing direct inquiry provisions to include any electronic inquiries from consumers, Wiggins’ office said./Register