Farmers’ market wine bill attacked

06/05/2014

A contemporary reincarnation of the Anti-Saloon League is trying to woo legislators into opposing Assemblymember Marc Levine’s bill to allow wine and cider tastings at farmers’ markets. “‘Kids, you go on a pony ride while I taste the chardonnay’ is what you might hear a parent say at your local certified farmers’ market if AB 2488 becomes law,” warned Bruce Lee Livingston, the executive director of Alcohol Justice, a San Rafael-based industry watchdog. “Uncorking wine at farmers’ markets lets the evil genie of alcohol harm out of the bottle for everyone.” Mr. Levine said his bill, which is currently before a senate committee after unanimous approval on the assembly floor, would help small producers compete. “Shoppers won’t buy the beverage unless they can taste it,” he argued.