The following is a guest blog post by Bahaneh Hobel, a partner in the Alcohol Beverage and Wine Law groups at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers, and retailers.
Many of us have attended “passport events” where you buy a glass, wrist band, or passport that gets you access to wine tastings at various locations and often include a party at a central event location. These “event passports” are often sold by marketing agencies or winegrower associations promoting the event. But these marketing or supplier organizations selling the tickets or passports don’t generally have licenses from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). So, how can they do it? And what happens when multiple wineries participate or pour at an event at one location?