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December 2001
Sour Grapes
The Grape Vineyard Planting Industry Faces Heightened Scrutiny from Land Use Regulatory Agencies
by Peter F. Ziblatt
A controversy concerning the expansion of vineyard development has been fermenting over the last several years among the verdant hillsides of California's premium wine grape growing regions. In response to a growing demand for premium California varietal wine grapes and a corresponding significant increase in price per ton, wine grape vineyard planting has increased at a very rapid rate, particularly in California's coastal counties. The explosive demand for specific appellations (geographic des...
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