Ooops. Four Sonoma Valley wineries busted in decoy sting

on 23/08/11 at 10:13 am

Booze News

Tasting room employees at four Sonoma Valley wineries were cited on Saturday for serving alcohol to under-age decoys during a joint sting operation conducted by the Sonoma Police Department and the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Officers from both agencies conducted the operation at 10 Valley wineries over the course of four hours, using two 18-year-old decoys who entered tasting rooms and requested to be served.

Six of the tasting rooms refused service, but the decoys were served wine at Valley of the Moon Winery, BR Cohn Winery, Imagery Estate Winery and Schug Winery.

Employees who served the youths received criminal citations for furnishing alcohol to minors. The offending wineries will be referred to the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control for administrative sanctions.

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