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Quality of life?

I would like to respond to Mr. Byers’ wine article. He speaks of the advantages of having wineries and says they contribute to “preserving open space.” He also says they “contribute to the quality of life here and create an ambiance of pastoral beauty.”

I live in a neighborhood that has a winery. I can still remember when the entire hillside was clearcut so the vineyards could be planted. For weeks there was the noise of heavy equipment and the sound of trees being felled from morning until night. What was once a hillside of trees and wildlife had become a wasteland of stumps. It was devastating to the land. I do not consider this “preserving open space.”

Now the winery has a tasting room and is part of the tasting tour. This means cars on a regular basis on a private road that the neighbors maintain for their use, not for a business open to the public. This traffic does not create “an ambiance of pastoral beauty.”



So unless you live where you have watched the destruction of acres of woodland, I advise you not to tell us how wineries contribute to the quality of our life.

Janet Richman




Grass Valley


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