Richard Pelletier’s Nashoba Valley Winery is the model small business.
Its vineyards, winery, orchards and restaurant on 52 acres in Bolton draw thousands of visitors a year and, according to a report by David Boeri on wbur.org, employs up to 100 during peak season and 50 people year-round.
A decision this spring put all that in jeopardy.
After 16 years of allowing Pelletier to hold licenses for serving alcohol in the restaurant and for making wine, beer and liquor, the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission [ABCC] told him it would issue him to either a pouring license or a manufacturing license, but not both.
According to the WBUR report: “ ‘If I file the restaurant license first, they won’t issue me my farmer’s licenses. And if I file my farmer’s licenses first, they won’t issue me my restaurant license,’ Pelletier says.
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