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Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:59 am, Tue Aug 10, 2010.

The president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation said it appears that a large Acampo winery doesn't violate California's Williamson Act after all.

Farm Bureau President Phil Brumley said on Monday as long as Raverty complies with San Joaquin County's winery ordinance, he no longer has an issue with Viaggio Winery in Acampo.

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  • Debra Ann Ristau posted at 7:12 pm on Thu, Aug 12, 2010.

    Deb Ristau Posts: 1

    Good to see that you resolved this issue because it sure looked like a witch hunt to me. The last article quoted people without ever giving a full name (Blodgett?).

    So the proposed B & B @ Viaggio is gone because California doesn't support Ag related tourism which is huge all over the world (and yes, I am very familiar with the Williamson Act - that the land MUST be used for Ag Related purposes) and the CFB apparently doesn't consider Ag tourism to be Ag business. BTW, doesn't the Ag industry require ongoing education and updates just like other industries? Times change. But I digress...

    Lodi is in dire need of sharing it's agricultural story and you might consider that you need to get people here to actually tell your Ag story. I don't know the facts of this 'case' where the Farm Bureau appears to have gone after Viaggio, but you should know that to MOST of us who are outside looking in... it looks like somebody didn't like having Viaggio doing business and set out to take them down in whatever way they could. It started with them trying to serve Pizza for crying out loud. I'm sure it will be argued that that was not the case - you were standing up for the letter of the law and what is right - oh, as you should.

    For now - I'm seeing the Farm Bureau in a real bad light... this was really bad PR. So the big question remains - who is trying to take down someone trying to promote the wine and winegrape industry in Lodi?

    While it's good to see the issue resolved, it's sad to see that there might be some really vindictive personalities lurking behind the scenes in Lodi.

    Perhaps the Farm Bureau would care to comment because if you can provide a really good argument for how this came about - I'd love to hear it and so would all of the people who think like me but don't dare voice it - and yes, there are a lot of us.

  • posted at 7:48 am on Wed, Aug 4, 2010.


    Nice to see this issue being resolved. Now I don't have to blog about it.



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