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Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

(Santa Rosa, CA) An overflow crowd spilled into the lobby at California State Senator Mike McGuire’s August 13 promised Town Hall. Many were alarmed by an article at the top of the front-page of the prior day’s pro-wine industry local daily newspaper.  “Wine Industry’s ‘Water Grab’” headlined the Press Democrat (PD) story. It described legislation being drafted that would […]

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

  (Sonoma County, Northern California)   “Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers. Selling eggs directly to people for […]

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

(Sonoma County, California) Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democratand in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West. The ad ignited a firestorm of protest with angry letters to editors and online comments from the community storming […]

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Expats Post friend and follower, Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, received a tweet this morning from the U.S. Surgeon General on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in “extending preventative #MentalHealth services, making progress”. However, Dr. Mimi was having none of it. Instead, with a flutter of responding tweets, she schooled the U.S. Surgeon General on the state […]

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors at Apple Blossom School Meeting By Shepherd Bliss (1500 words) Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this […]

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

In the heart of what corporate wine industry lobbyists have re-branded “Wine Country,” activists from four North Coast California counties gathered in early May for their third monthly meeting. They created a regional network of groups from Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. Participants came to the attractive resort town of Calistoga in Napa to […]

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