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Governor signs Governor Signs Bill Enabling Sale of UC Davis Wine

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TASTE News Service, September 27, 2016 - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) enabling UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology Department to sell wine made by its students, which was otherwise being discarded.

Wolk’s Senate Bill 683 will create a nonprofit, separate from UC Davis, and allow the university to transfer wine made by the department’s students to a nonprofit for marketing and sale—with proceeds going to the department.

CA Sen Lois WolkState Senator Lois Wolk“Currently, any product produced through these programs is disposed of, essentially poured down the drain,” said Wolk. “SB 683 prevents this unnecessary and avoidable waste by allowing the wine to be sold instead of discarded.”

SB 683 will also enable the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a special permanent sales license to the nonprofit established by the bill.

“UC Davis is very fortunate to have the most sustainable winery in the world. It was the first winery to be certified LEED Platinum and serves as a showplace for the California wine industry for new technologies related to sustainable processing of grapes and wine,” said Dr. David Block, Chair of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. “Thanks to Senator Wolk, with the passage of SB 683 we will be able to operate more sustainably and recoup funds that can be put back into bettering the education of our students and expanding the research that the department does to support this important California industry.”

The bill’s supporters include the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Family Winemakers of California, Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Winegrowers, the Wine Institute and various wineries.

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