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3/27/2013 1:34:00 PM
Co-op winemaking incubator bill off the table this legislative session
Brenda Barton
Brenda Barton

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


PHOENIX -- House Bill 2339 is a measure to allow more than one winemaker to use the same facilities to make wine. Dubbed Alternating Winemakers, the bill is a Verde Valley effort to support Maynard Keenan's proposal for co-op winemaking in an "incubator" fashion at his Four Eight Winery in Camp Verde.

The idea is that if a person grows or blends grapes, he would not need to own all the varied equipment to start-up and process the wine, and could reduce costs by leasing existing equipment locally.

The measure stalled in the early part of this session. Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), who introduced the bill, explains that the governor extended a review and moratorium until 2014 on new rulemaking by state agencies that would prevent any new rules that would cost businesses money.

Since the alcohol industry is so highly regulated already, it is important to make sure the bill can pass muster during its first review, Barton said.

An alternative proprietors and custom crushing provisions are already included in the U.S. Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco tax and Trade Bureau and similar rules have been adopted in California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan.

Barton says she has spoken with the Director of the Arizona Liquor Licenses and Control Alan Everett, and he is behind the proposal. Everett was a former councilman and mayor in Sedona.

Barton says the wording of the bill will be refined to satisfy state and federal requirements and will be re-introduced in January for the next session.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mark Lymer

I agree. It's a great idea whose time is overdue. It benefits Arizonans all over the state, not just the Verde Valley. But any legislator who touches the liquor laws has to do so very carefully. I'm glad Barbara Barton realizes this. This time, it may succeed.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: mark lymer

this seems like a really good idea?! following Cal and Oregon seems like a no brainer. Why would the Gov issue a directive that effectively halts biz ops, especially in this case -a growing industry, in AZ for another year?



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