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Regulations for tasting rooms, wine bars?

The Sonoma City Council is currently considering the fate of nearly two-dozen tasting rooms and wine bars in the Plaza – and the prospect for approving any such future establishments.

In January, the city’s Planning Commission sent recommendations to the council on regulating these places. The recommendations included a limit on the hours of tasting rooms, taking into account that most in Sonoma close by 7 p.m. in the winter months and 9 p.m. in the summer months.

The commission also recommends putting a cap on promotional events at tasting rooms and limiting the space tasting rooms can use when occupying space within a larger business.

The city council is currently reviewing these recommendations and considering community concerns.

Preserving Sonoma, the group most widely known for its Measure B, hotel-limitation ballot initiative last fall, is also taking a stand to regulate tasting rooms on the Plaza. On its website, the group states, “The next issue facing Sonoma is the proliferation of wine bars.”


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