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Ukiah-area winery agrees to 1-month license suspension after altercation

A Ukiah-area winery agreed to a 30-day suspension of its license stemming from a confrontation there in September involving a Mendocino County sheriff's deputy and an intoxicated co-owner.

Testa Vineyards in Calpella acknowledged the violations alleged by the state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and did not contest the decision to suspend the license for a month, a period that began Thursday.

The ABC said the deputy responded to the winery on a call for service on Sept. 8 and was met by a co-owner who was found to be highly intoxicated and demanded the deputy leave the property.

According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, the deputy had responded around midnight to a report of golf carts from Testa that were being driven in the road.

The owner resisted arrest and also committed battery against the responding deputy, forcing him to call for assistance from surrounding law enforcement agencies, according the ABC.

Officers had to deal with a hostile and intoxicated licensee, hostile patrons and escalating circumstances, authorities said. At least one patron was also found to be intoxicated.

"We're just very sorry that it happened, and hoping we can put this behind us," owner Maria Martinson said Thursday. "Lessons were learned."

The winery will not be able to sell or serve alcoholic beverages again until Jan. 11 and will be on probation for two years.


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