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Jul 22, 2014 11:15 AM by KSBY Staff

Cal Poly students, professors behind legislation signed by Governor Brown

Governor Brown signed a bill into law Monday allowing students under the age of 21 to taste certain alcoholic beverages for educational purposes as long as they spit it out.

The law allows students who are not of legal drinking age to take classes where tasting is required.

It's only for students majoring in winemaking and brewery science.

Those who support the new law say tasting wines is a crucial component to viticulture and brewing education.

Cal Poly wine and viticulture students and their professors were behind the legislation.

"For us to be able to supply the wine industry with more students who have this hands-on experience, and that's what it is, you have to have the experience.

We're just doing a great service to the wine industry and the State's doing a great service to all of our students," says Marianne McGarry Wolf with Cal Poly's wine and viticulture program.

California is now one of 12 states with a so-called "Sip and Spit" law, including Washington and Oregon.

The law will take effect on January 1.

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