Tasting rooms: Too much of a good thing?

William Shakespeare once wrote, “Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.”

And that is the crux of Sonoma’s issue du jour.

On the one hand, there are those who say wine is part of the Sonoma experience, and those who sell it in tasting rooms should be treated like any other retailer.

On the other hand, there are those who are wary of too many tasting rooms, believing too much of a good thing is an invitation to abuse.

Like Measure B, the recently defeated hotel limitation measure, this issue seems destined to become another wedge separating an already divided community. And while this time, large amounts of tax revenue are not at stake, character and image might be, depending on where you stand.

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