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Time Ripe for San Diego Wine

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Aired 4/19/09

California wine brings to mind Napa, Sonoma and ... San Diego? The San Diego County Board of Supervisors wants to boost the local wine industry by giving them a break on fees. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more on plans to help the budding industry.

The county's wine industry is not the largest or most well-know industry by any measure. Vineyards were planted in the late 1700s, but most were eliminated during Prohibition. But San Diego County's wine industry has been growing. There now are more than 25 commercial wineries in the county. Most are smaller, family-run boutique operations in the Ramona and San Pasqual valleys. San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn says a new ordinance would make it easier for the wineries to expand.

Horn: If you have to go through a major use permit process just to have a tasting room it's totally financially infeasible to do that so this allows them to have a tasting room.

Horn says new signs are also part of the plan promote the wine region. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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