Bill Could Threaten Wineries, Microbreweries

Written by Nannette Miranda for KGO TV

NAPA, CA (KGO) — A bill in Congress right now could threaten direct interstate wine sales and make it especially tough for smaller wineries. But wine and beer wholesalers insist that is not what the bill would do.

While California wineries enjoy the summer crowds, many owners are worried the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act, a bill in Congress which ensures that states retain control of alcohol laws.

California’s smaller wineries and microbreweries think the proposal opens the door to prohibiting shipments of wine or beer to out-of-state consumers and forces them to use wholesalers if they want their products sold beyond state borders. A wholesaler, though, might not want to represent a business that does not make him a lot of money.

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