Alcoholic Beverage Licensees
AB 323, c. 131 of 2007
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AB 323, c. 131: Alcoholic beverage licensees; wine. Makes modifications to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to enable custom crush wine producers (boutique wineries) to donate and pour their wine at winetasting events conducted by nonprofit organizations.
This bill was supported by the California Association of Nonprofits, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Family Winemakers of CA, Napa Valley Vintners Ass'n, and the Wine Institute. Writing in support of this bill, the Family Winemakers of California state that this bill "addresses a licensing situation that inadvertently precludes hundreds of small wine producers from donating wine to local non-profit groups. This prohibition not only has a direct impact on the ability of the nonprofits to raise funds but also limits the ability of custom crush wine producers to gain limited market access or build brand awareness." Also writing in support, the California Association of Nonprofit points out that this bill "would help nonprofits improve their services by attracting and retaining donors drawn to fundraising events because of opportunities to taste and learn more about California wines. Wine tastings and pourings take place annually at hundreds - if not thousands - of nonprofit fundraisers in every corner of the state each year, bringing in millions of dollars to support human services, education, arts and cultural programs and environmental activities."
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