When California gave bar owners the green light to reopen, provided they also serve food, wineries had a real problem with that.

The complaint was filed in federal court in Northern California against the governor and the State Public Health Officer over discrimination against wineries that don’t serve food.

According to the complaint, the state’s orders allowing businesses to reopen included winery tasting rooms — but only if they provide sit-down, dine-in meals. The problem, Napa County’s zoning law doesn’t allow most tasting rooms to serve food.

So although sipping wine is more like a exclusive restaurant experience, with tastings costing as much as $50 per person, the reopening mandate leaves wineries slipping through the cracks, by no fault of their own.

According to the complaint, “Defendants cannot offer a good reason for failing to trust wineries to follow health guidelines in their indoor and outdoor tasting areas, even while they trust toy stores, restaurants, and florists to do the same.”

Another reason the bar industry needs advocates fighting on their behalf.

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