EDGAR "PETE" DOWNS - PRESIDENT, FAMILY WINEMAKERS OF CALIFORNIA
Direct-to-consumer wine sales by wineries has been one of the main public policy issues embraced by the association. It led to Family Winemakers intense involvement in direct shipping litigation that resulted in the landmark Granholm decision in 2005. From a limited market of 13 reciprocal states, consumer choice has now been expanded to 41 states and the District of Columbia, and counting. Family Winemakers has pursued legislation over the years to create numerous sales channels for small producers that has resulted in wine being sold at certified farmers’ markets, at fairs and festivals, and through order taking at thousands of non-profit wine tastings. And FWC has said no repeatedly to state excise take increases, new fees and laws that would overly hamper business operations.
UPCOMING TASTING: 2018 Pasadena
Family Winemakers will host its annual tasting of family-produced and hard-to-find California wines on Saturday, March 17 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The Saturday tasting is a one day event of award-winning small, family-owned wineries that create wines from many of the state's fabled wine growing regions. Great Wine -- A Family Tradition!
Imagine the opportunity to taste over 500 wines offered by over 125 wineries. You'll find upwards of 40 different varietals or blends from 60 of California's famed appellations. If you can’t get to the wine country let them come to you! Whether you’re adding to your wine list, retail shelves or your private cellar, this is an opportunity to Taste California!