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California bill would let under-21 winemakers and brewmasters have just a taste




MIAMI, FL - APRIL 25:  Brewmaster Nik Mebane adds hops to the boiling liquid as he produces beer at Wynwood Brewing Company on April 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 25: Brewmaster Nik Mebane adds hops to the boiling liquid as he produces beer at Wynwood Brewing Company on April 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The big business of booze in California means some students get started early, fermenting that is. As it stands now, students between the ages of 18-21 can study college courses on wine making and beer brewing, but are forbidden from trying their alcohol.

Now a newly proposed law might tweak that, thanks to UC Davis Professor Andrew Waterhouse. He asked the UC system to lobby Sacramento to make a rare exception to the drinking age. It would allow students to taste, but not consume, alcoholic beverages. Why is it crucial for students to be able to sip and spit?

Guest:

Andrew Waterhouse, Professor of Enology, University of California, Davis; Proponent of AB 1989