At a time when tasting rooms are closing due to the coronavirus threat, California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board will allow the sale of wine and beer to go from restaurants, Director Jacob Applesmith confirmed on Tuesday.
Consumers can purchase wine for pick-up from restaurants, provided the establishment has the necessary liquor license, the ABC confirmed. Some restaurants may be operating with permits that expressly forbid them from selling wine off-premises, or to go, because of their location or otherwise, the board said. Those restaurants will not be allowed to sell wine for takeout.
Restaurants in Napa, including Compline Wine Bar, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Press, and the Q Bar & Restaurant, are actively offering wine for purchase along with takeout meals.
Off-premise sales of wine could potentially increase restaurants sales in the wake of tasting room closures. Sales of wine to distributors and retailers are often significant sources of income for larger wineries.
Napa County’s directive to stay at home includes language that allows for consumers to purchase to-go bottles.
Compline co-owner Matt Stamp said the wine bar and restaurant was continuing to offer bottles from its retail store and deliver wine with takeout food orders (delivery would be contingent upon the consumer being of legal age).
Beer and wine sold off-premise must be factory sealed, and alcohol sales must not exceed food sales, according to the ABC. Restaurants may not sell spirits off-premises.
Applesmith confirmed Tuesday that the ABC would also suspend California’s credit regulations pertaining to sales of alcohol; alcoholic beverage suppliers will be allowed to extend credit to purchasers without interest beyond the regularly enforced period of 30 days.
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