Big Wine

Sonoma County organic and partially organic wine

Sonoma County tries to tell residents and tourists they are “sustainable”. They are not. You can read Pam Strayer’s “What’s on those Vines” exposing the widespread pesticide use. Using wine industry “certifiers” and self assessment, there is little transparency, We have…

 

A County Divided

A County Divided  Napa’s Measure C Ahead By a Hair By Jonah Raskin Patricia Damery grows grapes and lavender in Napa County. A supporter of Measure C—that called for woodland and watershed protections on hillsides—she showed up at the raucous…

 

Napa Sunset

UPDATE on Measure C: leading by 40 votes and too close to call. Gratitude to all the hard work the Measure C people did to protect their community. Measure C may win in Napa, vote is close! ““We’re nearly at…

 

PD letter to the editor: Pesticide Risks

Pesticide risks EDITOR: Thanks for your coverage of groundwater in Sonoma County and providing a general description of groundwater quantity, including areas of depletion because of excessive pumping by vineyards and other uses. Another important water-quality topic is pesticide occurrence…

 

Napa’s Measure C

Driving to Napa last weekend, we noticed all the No on C signs were on vineyards. Having big money to propagandize this well written measure by means of out right false narratives, despite the court ruling, is a sign that facts…

 

Rural Alliance on Winery Event Ordinance

Letting the wine industry (Tennis Wick, Northbay Business Journal) write their own event ordinance is bad government. Time for a moratorium until this long stalled ordinance is completed fairly. May 7, 2018 Dear Chairman Gore & Sonoma County Supervisors  …

 

Sustainabilty? Fake News?

 We call it greenwashing. When you create your own certifiers so you can call yourself “sustainable” you are greenwashing. Sustainability? Fake News?   Thank you for the excellent, balanced April cover story:  “Wine Our Best friend or Worst Enemy?” When…