Weekly Member Memo
April 20, 2021

New Responsible Beverage Service Training Portal Launched for On-Premise Staff

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (CA ABC) has launched a new Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training portal for managers and servers at bars, clubs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Beginning July 1, 2022, all alcohol servers, on-sale licensees, and their managers must have valid RBS certification from an ABC approved RBS training provider and pass an online ABC administered RBS exam. RBS training is a requirement of Assembly Bill 1221, signed into law in 2017. For additional information, visit the portal and review the list of FAQs.

"8 Days in May"

May 24-31, sign-up is complete - we have 42 wineries participating.  Customers will buy a ticket for $75 per person and then make a reservations at the wineries they plan to visit for the week. The ticket will get each buyer a taste of 3 wines at each winery they visit AND one or two "club member" benefits when they are there. Customers can also use their ticket to unlock benefits online, if they are not able to visit in person. We hope to sell 500 tickets for the week. Details are slowly being added online HERE and tickets will go on sale April 29.

Tasting Pass

We mailed a small sign to all of the participating wineries, to remind your staff which offer you are giving pass holders.
If you are a participating winery, share the link, help sell them. They are a GREAT deal for the visitor and will hopefully encourage them to buy more wine.
Share the link to "buy now" on Eventbrite Tasting Pass
Share the link to the Google Map of Participating Wineries

State Water Board Winery Order Public Workshop

On April 21 and 23, the Water Board Staff will host public virtual workshops to share information about the adopted General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water. Workshop topics will include: enrollment eligibility, compliance timelines, and an overview of the order requirements. Advanced registration is not required.  See additional information on workshop times and participation instructions. The State Water Resources Control Board is also in the process of setting fees for the Winery Order and plans to hold a second workshop to receive public comment on proposed fees on April 28 at 1pm PST. Please see the presentation from the first fees workshop.
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