The following excerpts (in red) from the Appeals Board’s opinions exemplify its sharp criticism of the ABC and the ALJs in the 2013 Bottlerock tied-house cases. These excerpts are a sample, but not a complete compendium of all the Board’s extensive negative comments. Bold, italic emphasis has been added as well as underlines and additional […]
The Appeals Board opinion’s formal summary of what happened
Appeals Board quotes are in red Other than the addition of more paragraph breaks and omission of footnotes and citations for readability, the following is a direct, complete and unedited “cut and paste” from the Appeals Board’s decision that summarizes one of the ABC Bottlerock circumstances. Some specifics — such as the amounts paid, timing, […]
What is “tied-house” and why is it a thing?
Direct excepts from the Appeals Board’s opinions Footnotes and citations have been omitted and extra paragraph breaks added for readability. At the heart of the tied-house issues in this case are: California Business and Professions Code section 25500, subdivision (a)(2) (hereinafter, section “tied-house” prohibition) which says that winegrowers cannot ” Furnish, give, or lend any […]
Calif ABC Handed Its Head In A Bag By Appeals Board Which Rips Agency and Rejects Its Winery-Bottlerock Tied-House Cases
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been handed its regulatory head in a bag by the ABC Appeals Board which resoundingly rejected every tied-house allegation the ABC used to prosecute 37 wineries along with Southern Wine & Spirits over alleged violations connected with the 2013 Bottlerock concert in Napa. Appeals Board excoriates the […]