Dirty Little Secret Exposed in Sonoma Wine Country
SONOMA VALLEY MINORS ARE USING THE HIGH-END WINERY TASTING ROOMS TO GET THEIR DRINK ON.
A recent decoy operation meant to the expose and stop the growing craze among Sonoma Valley minors of hanging out in winery tasting rooms and getting their drunk on before marauding over to the next boutique winery was directed and paid for by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. And it successfully netted four enabling wineries that served the two 18 year olds that entered the wineries and asked to sample wine.
And the problem doesn't stop there.
As a former and long time resident of Sonoma Valley, I can attest that Sonoma Valley minors, having been exposed all their lives to fine wine, can regularly be found in front of Sonoma Valley tasting rooms waiting for tourists to arrive, then asking,
"Hey, sir…would you mind picking up a couple of bottles of Grenache for me? I lost my ID and I'm supposed to bring a couple of bottles to a dinner party with old friends."
I can't tell you how often I've witness this depraved, but pitiful dependence of fine Grenache by Sonoma Valley teens. Something needs to be done.
Happily, Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett has announced that, again, in partnership with the California ABC, they will be putting in place a "shoulder-tap" strategy, in which decoys try to solicit legal-aged adults to buy alcohol for them."
Thank goodness, I say!!
These hordes of Grenache and Syrah-drinking Sonoma teens need to be stopped before they move on from trying to get alcohol at winery tasting rooms and start hitting the local bars, convenience stores and their parents wine cellar.