Vineyards up and down the state haven’t had this little rain in decades. It worries boutique winery owners like Sue Rueger from Calaveras County.
The San Joaquin County Farm Bureau agrees, saying, many of those new businesses don’t produce a drop of wine, but are using the winery name to sell events, organizing loud concerts in normally quiet rural communities.
Gathering inspiration from the bounty of vineyards, orchards and flowering fields in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills is easy. However, painting, sketching or taking photos where inspiration strikes is not.
Four Sonoma County wineries were caught serving alcohol to minors in a decoy sting that focused on tasting rooms over the weekend.