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Thursday, Mar. 03, 2011

8 Walla Walla wineries cited for serving minors

WALLA WALLA -- The Washington Liquor Control Board cited eight wineries for selling or providing wine to minors during a compliance check in the Walla Walla area.

The Union-Bulletin reported 14 wineries were checked over the weekend and violators face fines and could have their license suspended.

Liquor board spokeswoman Anne Radford said one winery -- Dama Wines -- faces a seven-day suspension because of an offense from a similar check in May.

Devin Stinger of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance said it may offer refresher training to winery operators about when to card customers to verify their age.

Those cited after failing to check identification include Cavu Cellars, Dama Wines, Five Star Cellars, Lodmell Cellars, Rotie Cellars, the 1928 Gift Shop, Locati Cellars and Don Carlo Vineyard.

Tasting rooms commended by the state for passing the checks include: Adamant Cellars, Elegante Cellars, Leeveloolee Cellars, Patit Creek Cellars, Walla Faces and Tero Estates.