Protest of Relic Wine Cellars ABC license
Bill Hocker | Dec 4, 2017
On January 11, 2018, attorneys for opponents of Relic Winery appeared before the Appeals Board of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and requested that the visitation and on-site retail sales components of Relic's license be eliminated due to public safety concerns. Relic opponents do not oppose the operation of wine-making activities. Unfortunately, even after the Atlas Fire, the Appeals Board did not appear to be very sympathetic to protestants' concerns during the oral arguments, and it is anticipated that the Appeals Board will rubber stamp the ABC's decision to grant the license without restrictions. If this occurs, opponents of Relic Winery will have the option of appealing the decision to the Courts.
Due to the absence of one judge, a continuance of the appeal hearing to a date uncertain was asked for and granted.
On Apr 15th 2017 the Judge overseeing the hearings on the ABC licensing of Relic Wine Cellars issued a ruling against the residents protesting the granting of that license. The appeal of that decision will take place by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board on December 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown location 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The decision and appeal documents are here:
The continuation of the hearing will take place at 10:00 am on Feb 9th, 10th and 11th, 2016 at the Napa City Hall. NVR 2/12/16: Neighbors appeal to ABC to stop rural wine tastings
The continuation of the hearing will take place at 10:00 am on
Nov 16th and 17th, 2015 at the NCTPA offices, 625 Burnell, 1st floor board room Napa.
After a full day of testimony the hearing was continued to be taken up in the fall. To my discomfort it was conducted more in the manner of a court trail than was the previous hearing attended on the Caves last year. It promises to be an equally lengthly process when it continues.
12 members of the Atlas Peak communities have written protest letters to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control protesting the granting of a winegrower license to Relic Wine Cellars at 2400 Soda Canyon Road. Several are reproduced on the SCR Relic page. The ABC has scheduled a hearing so that the protests may be heard and a decision on their merits may be made. Only those that have submitted protest letters may speak, but all members of the community concerned about the continuing development of wine tasting rooms on Soda Canyon Road are encouraged to attend. The application is for a 02 Winegrower license.
Date: Thurs, July 16th, 2015, 10:00am
Location: Auditor's Conference Room, basement of the Napa County Building at 1195 3rd St
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