Wine Tastings Now Available At Farmers Markets Thanks To New Bill!

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Pair your fruit and cheese finds at your next farmers market outing with a glass of wine! According to the LA Times Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure into law Tuesday (July 8, 2014) that allows wine tastings at farmers markets. The bill, AB2488, was approved by the Assembly and the Senate of California unanimously. Allowing wineries and cidermakers to apply immediately for a permit through the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

There are some provisions that go along with this new bill. The winery holding the tasting must have bottled and grown the fruit for its tastings and must be served by the permit holder, a family member or an employee. Wine sellers cannot sell more than 5,000 gallons of wine annually and may not serve an individual customer more than 3 ounces a day. Farmers markets must also approve these “instructional tasting events” and have designated roped off wine tasting area.

Stay tuned for more information and when the La Jolla Farmers Market will start these “instructional tasting events.” The La Jolla Open Aire Market is open every Sunday from 9-1pm on the corner of Girard Ave and Genter St in La Jolla, CA.

Do you think this is a good or bad idea? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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