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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:35 am, Tue Feb 21, 2012.

During a beautiful summer wedding set off by scenic Lodi vineyards, what should be the focus of the day? According to current San Joaquin County codes, it’s not the bride. It’s the 2008 Cabernet being served with dinner.

Local winemakers are wondering how to draw the line between what is a true winery and what is an event center thinly disguised with beautiful vineyard landscaping.

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1 comment:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 1:33 pm on Tue, Feb 21, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    First, the family owns land near Harney & Locust Tree? There are some pretty darn good wineries in that are too, like Klinker Brick, d'Art, & Harney Lane Winery. Those three get good traffic flow, so that theory is is shot down.

    Quote: “If it is not built in time, it is going to hurt us. Who is going to pay those extra costs?” Frank Kapiniaris asked. YOU! First, you should take responsibility and admit that with any type of construction, permits, etc there is always a chance that, IF, your winery was built it might not be finished in time for crush.

    Finally, a commercial kitchen is not necessary. Do other wineries have one? Not many. They hire local restaurants & caterers to prepare the food & bring it on-site for food pairings & club events. And, now you're trying to claim the stage is really a patio? Hmmm, seems to me the Architect who drew the plans knew exactly what the intention of the space was to be used for and now YOU are trying to CYA.

    It is obvious that the SJ Supervisors are well behind in developing a policy for this (no surprise). It seems to me we have wineries holding to Napa's policy and others who are pushing it with concerts (Jesse's & Abundance). And then we also have "party & event venues" pretending to be wineries like Viaggio & Oak Farm Vineyards. I don't think one policy will cover all involved. It is all great for the Lodi economy but rules need to be set & followed.



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