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St. Jorge Winery prepares to fight ruling

Winery's owners hope to resolve issues without tearing down structure

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Vern Vierra stands under an outdoor structure at St. Jorge Winery on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. San Joaquin County supervisors have ordered him to remove what they call an amphitheater.

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Vern Vierra walks through his sprawling $50,000 structure, complete with rows of poles, short metal braces laid overhead and grape vines spiraling around the beams. When Vern and his wife Jenise Vierra, owners of St. Jorge Winery in Acampo, started construction 18 months ago, they envisioned an outdoor wine garden resembling an amphitheater, with a trellis, free of a roof or walls.

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Ian Jonsson/News-Sentinel

Vern Vierra stands under an outdoor structure at St. Jorge Winery on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. San Joaquin County supervisors have ordered him to remove what they call an amphitheater.

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