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In a 6-0 vote, the Planning Commission approved a new winetasting room that will be on Elm Street in Downtown. Commissioner David Kirsten was absent for the vote.
Winemakers Erin and Rick Taylor plan to open Riaza Wines to sell their hand-crafted Spanish varietals, which they currently sell online.
The couple has been making wine for several years and got their start as members of the Lodi Amateur Vintners Association, Erin Taylor said. The group has monthly meetings where members learn about all aspects of winemaking.
"We are very excited to be here in Lodi, to sell our wine to the public and contribute to what we think is a great atmosphere Downtown," Erin Taylor said to the commission.
The couple pulls grapes from Lodi, Clarksburg and the Sierra foothills to make their wines.
Lodi associate planner Immanuel Bereket said city staff supports the project.
"This is consistent with the goal of making Lodi a wine destination, and this is a giant step in that direction," he said.
Even though they do not yet have a location, the winery is currently selling its bottles online and also has a quarterly wine club. For more information, go to www.riazawines.com.
— Maggie Creamer
Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am
For the first time in six years, the Lodi Planning Commission went through a complicated, little-known process requiring developers to get permission to move forward with the design of projects that add five or more new housing units to the city.
Developer John Giannoni has proposed 12 medium-density residential units on Tienda Drive. The roofs of the homes connect, but the walls of the houses do not, and they would be priced around $290,000, Giannoni said.
Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am.