SONOMA (CBS SF) – Four Sonoma County wineries were caught serving alcohol to minors in a decoy sting that focused on tasting rooms over the weekend.

The decoy operation involved two 18-year-old minors who worked with the Sonoma Police Department and the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control for four hours on Saturday afternoon, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The minors went to ten different tasting rooms and were served alcohol at four of them, according to the sheriff’s office.

Employees at Valley of the Moon Winery, BR Cohn Winery, Imagery Estate Winery and Schug Winery were cited for serving alcohol to the underage drinkers.

The wineries will be referred to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for administrative sanctions.

The decoy operation was conducted with a $25,000 grant to the Sonoma Police Department to reduce underage drinking in the Sonoma Valley area.

Comments (10)
  1. James says:

    I’ve never heard of these wineries. They must be hurting for customers. Too bad they did not card ALL their customers. So this was GRANT $ used FOR OVERTIME PAY! WOW! WHAT A WASTE OF OUR HARD -EARNED TAX $

  2. Aaron says:

    Great…focus on an industry that encourages respect of and appreciation for alcohol and let those who exploit it run wild…

  3. jackie says:

    I have never heard of these wineries either.

  4. Kirk says:

    Yep…when I was in High School the winery was the first place though of when we wanted to get hammered…what a waste of resources…just more of the same public safety theater and bureaucratic masturbation.

  5. Vinman says:

    One of the biggest jokes of all is these “wine tasting” descriptions where they talk about smoke; blackberries; pears; apples; plums; cedar; and on and on. Wine is made out of grapes. Many different kinds of grapes. But they never talk about what the grapes taste like! It’s a phony marketing ploy and you can tell people anything, and they will nod their head in agreement.

  6. M says:

    Oh boy those big bad police ocifers are really making a difference in our community. Tw 18 year olds, 4 hours to go FREE wino tastiing and it cost 25K. Damn musta’ been some really expensive FREE wine!!. No wonder police departments are cutting staff.

  7. Mace says:

    When did POLICE DEPT. Start hiring 18 yr old’s? LOL SMDH@the LIES

  8. Yvonne Travers says:

    Wine with a police stinger…?
    I’ll drink to that!

  9. I NeedADrink says:

    Yep, kudos ABC. You’ve clearly made a huge dent in the access of underage drinkers to their favorite beverage and drinking venue with that $25,000 grant — Wine tasting rooms, you’ve GOT to be kidding!

    This action smacks like the proverbial drunk looking for his keys under the lamp post. Sonoma County looking for underage drinking at wineries; How appropriate, NOT! You probably had to pay those 18 year-olds double to even agree to try that wine.

  10. Angry Wino says:

    Why are they not using the money to crack down on GRAD parties, where the parents are buying keggers, and everyone is underage?

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