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Jerry Brown to Wine Drinkers at Farmers' Markets: Go Crazy

Scott Lucas | July 9, 2014 | Story Wine and Spirits

Governor Jerry Brown isn't so fond of marijuana legalizatioin ("we need to stay alert," he recently said). But sipping a little wine at the farmers' market. Brown says go for it.

As long as you limit yourself to a maximum of three ounces of wine per day and stay within a designated area. A responsible kind of crazy. (If he needs a title for his memoirs, we'll suggest he is free to use A Responsible Kind of Crazy: The Jerry Brown Story.)

The bill, written by Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael, passed through both houses of the legislature without a dissenting vote, and was among one of ten bills that Brown signed into law on Tuesday. Previously, only estate-grown wines were allowed to be sampled at farmers' markets. Now patrons will be able to sample all wines, as long as they limit themselves to three ounces per day and do their tasting in a roped-off area. Industry groups hope that the measure will boost sales of wine, which, as you may have heard, are under duress from unscrupulous online domain name squatters.

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