For those of you who have not heard, the Fauquier Board Of Supervisors passed the anti-winery Ordinance. Vote: AGAINST (1), Sherbeyn; FOR (4), Granger, Stribling, Trumbo, Schwartz. Interested in sounding off to those FOR? Here are their emails, have at it.
I first want to thank the Swirl, Sip, and Snark duo for the excellent coverage of the meeting last night. There is a link at the bottom of this post which summarizes the fireworks from the meeting, through the eyes of GrapeEnvyGuy on Swirl, Sip, and Snark Blog. The shocker of the evening had to be Jim Law, of Linden, coming out in support of the ordinance. PAUSE. Let’s be honest, Jim, you started your winery on your family trust, you had wiggle room to fail and got away without relying on events because of your infinite amounts of funding. MOST OF THESE ACTUALLY WORK FOR A LIVING AND LIVE DAY TO DAY WITHOUT TRASH BAGS OF 100 DOLLAR BILLS AS A FALL BACK. I respect the detail and skillset that Jim Law brings to the table to make some great wines. However, as a person, with his views on the Virginia Wine Industry, not so much. Most of the other wineries and pro-Virginia Wine people will be attempting to remove that giant sword you jammed into their backs. The more I learn about his character, the more I view Linden as an elitist, a pompous wine country club member. He basically testified and a friend of mine summarized his words perfectly as “I got 99 problems and your ability to follow your dream and feed your family ain’t one of ‘em”. The other shocker was hearing people actually refer to the wineries as road side bars, filtering drunk people into the quiet communities. Seriously? I’ve never run into anyone stumbling all over at a winery before. I also ask the question, why not impose this ordinance to every restaurant, bar, golf course, and horse stable? Jim Dolphin (owner of Delaplane Cellars) flat out proclaimed the ordinance will put Delaplane Cellars out of business.
Now some of you may be reading this post, cringing that I’m being crass, but, seriously, grow a set. The reason these local politicians and board members get away with this crap is because people are too meek to voice their opinion or call someone out. You are part of the problem. If you’re an a**hole, I’m going to call you an a**hole. Whether it’s on my blog or to your face, I say it like I see it. For those asking the question “What now?”, there are a few avenues that we can take while the imminent court case is filed. SUPPORT, SUPPORT, and SUPPORT the Fauquier County wineries. Many of these wineries rely on events and weddings as a way to keep the lights on and not price gouge the wine enthusiasts. In conclusion, now is the time, more than any other (as you should anyway), to get out and support the Fauquier County wineries because we are responsible for their success and what they bring to not only Virginia, but to the rest of world in terms of representing our state’s wine industry and quality of wine. SUPPORT THESE WINERIES!
Fauquier County Wineries:
Aspen Dale, Barrel Oak, Boxwood, Capitol Vineyards, Chateau O’Brien, Cobbler Mountain, Delaplane Cellars, Desert Rose, Hume Vineyards, Fox Meadow, Marterella, Mediterranean Cellars, Miracle Valley, Molon Lave, Morais Vineyard, Naked Mountain, Pearmund Cellars, Piedmont Vineyards, Rogers Ford Winery, Philip Carter Winery, Three Fox Vineyards, Vintage Ridge, and Vint Hill Craft Winery
You can also write to the Attorney General of Virginia (Ken Cuccinelli), as well as tweet/email/write to Governor Bob McDonnell, who is a huge advocate of promoting the Virginia Wine industry. I’m really not sure there is much they can do outside of court, but voicing your opinion so this type of ordinance doesn’t spread throughout the state can’t hurt.
I will be sure to keep everyone updated on the ongoing efforts to overturn this ordinance, which appears that a lengthy court case could ensue at any time.
Swirl, Sip, and Snark Presents: