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Forum on the Road: Winery Development in Sonoma County

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According to the Wine Institute, the Chinese government increased its tariff on U.S. wine in June, compounding the total tax and tariff rate to 93%.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The number of Sonoma County wineries has more than doubled since 2005 and the industry is the backbone of the region’s economy. But some neighborhood groups say escalating winery tourism from tasting rooms and events brings unwanted traffic and noise and threatens their rural quality of life. In response, county supervisors and planning officials are working to establish new guidelines for winery events. We’ll talk with industry experts, community activists and local officials about the high stakes of winery development in Sonoma County.



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James Gore, member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors representing the 4th district, which runs from northern Santa Rosa to the Mendocino County line

Corey Beck, president of Francis Ford Coppola Winery; former board president of the Sonoma County Vintners

Judith Olney, co-chair of Preserve Rural Sonoma County; chair of the Westside Community Association planning and zoning committee; board member of<br /> the Clean Water Coalition

Kerry Fugett, executive director, Sonoma County Conservation Action

Vicky Farrow, owner, Amista Vineyards


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