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Grapevines or redwoods? Sonoma County may have to choose

August 25, 2011 | 10:31 am


The Pacific coast of Sonoma County is one of the hottest wine regions in California (popularity-wise, that is). It's cool nights and afternoon sunshine are perfect for growing Pinot Noir. But the area is also home to some of the most magnificent old-growth redwood stands in the state. Which gets preference? That's what's being fought out now, as reported in this story by P.J. Huffstutter and Louis Sahagun.


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Photo: Environmental activist Chris Poelhman wears a costume to protest plans to convert nearly 2,000 acres of coastal Sonoma County redwood forests into vineyards. Credit: Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times