Assembly Bill (AB) 2004, also known as the "winery picnic bill", makes it lawful for visitors to consume a bottle of wine they've purchased on winery premises. Even though this practice had become commonplace, the regulations regarding the right (or privilege) to do so were unclear.
The amended Business and Professions Code section 23358 expands a winegrower’s (Type 02) license privileges by allowing the sale of wine to the general public for consumption on the master (or production) premises. A winegrower will be allowed to sell wine to patrons by-the-bottle or by-the-glass for consumption in approved, licensed areas.
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