Grapevines or redwoods? Sonoma County may have to choose
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.
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