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Sonoma Wineries' Tasting Room Hours Under New Scrutiny

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Sonoma County's Planning Commission is going to greater lengths to curtail the hours winery tasting rooms stay open. According to Jennifer Barrett, deputy director of the county’s Permit and Resource Management Department,

“The commissioners have noted there’s been heightened concern, particularly among residents along Dry Creek Road and in the Sonoma Valley, about avoiding late afternoon tastings that turn into cocktail hours with bar-like atmospheres. They’ve told the (PRMD) staff that they want more consistent hours in the future.”
From the sound of it, this debate will amount to a “recommendation” on limited tasting room hours and no existing permits will be revoked or changed. [WSC]

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