Wes Chesbro Press Release
Governor Brown signs Chesbro college wine curriculum bill
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1989, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) that allows students 18-20 years old who are enrolled in accredited college enology or brewing science programs to taste, but not drink, wine and beer as a part of their coursework.
“This legislation ensures California college graduates majoring in enology and brewing science will have the same educational opportunities as students in other states. Currently, 12 states, including our West Coast neighbors Oregon and Washington, already have a similar law on the books,” Chesbro said. “California is a leader in wine production on a global scale, accounting for more than 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States, and is the fourth largest producer in the world after France, Italy and Spain. When it comes to brewing, we’re equally fortunate in California to have such a robust array of beer makers – both large and small. In both instances, these products are made with the help of California college and university graduates who in many cases diligently complete the bulk of their career training in beer or wine production prior to reaching the age of 21. This bill will ensure that our students receive the best preparation from their educational training and make them competitive in these rapidly growing industries.”
AB 1989 enjoyed wide bipartisan support in the Legislature and was co-sponsored by the University of California and California State University. It was supported by Napa Valley College, the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the California Craft Brewers Association, the Community College League of California and the Family Winemakers of California.
The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.