Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns

February 19, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun A Sun exclusive by By Will Parrish For at least two decades, Sonoma County officials have sided with the wine industry in nearly every major political dispute. The reason? The industry dominates the county’s economy – and financially dominates county election campaigns. Last spring, Sonoma County supervisors Efren … Continue reading “Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns”

Comment on California Tiger Salamander Plight

The story of the imperiled California Tiger salamander is a story of incremental and relentless destruction.  Californians going about their daily lives may not often think about the destruction of recharge areas necessary to store groundwater, or the loss of floodplains and wetlands that purify and slow rushing waters, but it is happening and the … Continue reading “Comment on California Tiger Salamander Plight”

Public Workshop on Winery Event Centers, Nov. 16

To All, Come to this workshop to Preserve our Rural Character and protect our rural lands from the impacts of EVENTS County Planning Dept. – Public Workshop on Events Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm LOCATION  Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 95401 Tasting rooms and wineries co-existed with neighbors for decades – … Continue reading “Public Workshop on Winery Event Centers, Nov. 16”

Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law

To All, WOW! This could prove to be beneficial for efforts to improve flows. Chris The purpose of this message is to provide information about a new water measurement law which will affect water right holders and diverters who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year.   The law includes a new reporting requirement … Continue reading “Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law”

“Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments

Following is Dr. Laura Morgan’s “Vineyard Infection” letter on the possible coastal invasion by more vineyards, published in today’s PD, as well as my response. The link to read the letters and respond also follows. Let’s keep the pressure on. Since some of you were also at the Timber Cove workshop, this letter opens a … Continue reading ““Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments”

Planning Effort for Sonoma County Coast Draws Scrutiny

BY MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT September 13, 2015, 6:51PM Newly drafted guidelines for future development along the Sonoma Coast are inspiring interest and, in some cases, anxiety about potential policy shifts that some fear could alter their cherished coastline for the worse. Land-use activists are especially concerned about broad language on the topic of … Continue reading “Planning Effort for Sonoma County Coast Draws Scrutiny”

E&J Gallo buys Talbott Vineyards in Monterey County

BILL SWINDELL THE PRESS DEMOCRAT August 26, 2015 E&J Gallo is continuing its expansion into the premium wine category, especially the strong pinot noir market, announcing a deal Wednesday to buy a Monterey County winery and 525 acres of highly regarded vineyards. Gallo bought the Talbott Vineyards operations, including the Salinas winery, brand and its Sleepy Hollow … Continue reading “E&J Gallo buys Talbott Vineyards in Monterey County”

Action for Wine and Water Watch, Friday starting at 11 am, Sebastopol

Following is a press alert sent this morning to 100 journalists. It announces Wine and Water Watch’s (www.WineWaterWatch.org) 3 actions this weekend, starting Fri. at 11 a.m. in the Sebastopol plaza gazebo, Fri. late afternoon/eve at the Occidental Farmers Market, and Sun. at the Sebastopol Farmers Market around noon. Please forward this information widely to … Continue reading “Action for Wine and Water Watch, Friday starting at 11 am, Sebastopol”

Comment on Myth of the Family Winery

Various wine industry lobbyists continue to deny what was documented in the booklet “They Myth of the Family Winery: Global Corporations Behind California Wine.” Meanwhile E&J Gallo just bought another winery, as announced below. This follows its recent purchase of the historic Asti winery, Souverain brand, and J Vineyards, with links to articles below. Please … Continue reading “Comment on Myth of the Family Winery”

Will Parrish Comment on Glyphosate

Dear friends in Napa/Sonoma: In March 2015, the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France ruled that the broad-spectrum systemic herbicide glyphosate — the active ingredient in Round-Up — is a likely carcinogen. Studies have linked the herbicide, which is widely used in agribusiness to control weeds, to … Continue reading “Will Parrish Comment on Glyphosate”