Paul Hobbs Winery


Jul 16, 2015

Sonoma bad-boy vineyard converter and winery developer Paul Hobbs now wants to establish himself in Napa. This winery will be on 80 acres at 2181 Imola Ave in Coombsville to be built in 2 phases. Combined capacity: 60,000 gal/yr; bldg area: 16,500 sf; visitation: 7300/yr; 5-7 employees; hours: 7am to 10pm

Documents:
Courtesy Notice
Initial Applicaion
Project Description
Initial Engineering Report
Drawings
Site Photos

Articles
SRPD: Paul Hobbs winery says it will pay $100,000 to Sonoma County in settlement
WS 8/15/14: Sonoma sues winemaker Paul Hobbs
SRPD: Judge dismisses legal challenge to Paul Hobbs vineyard project
Shepherd Bliss: Winemaker Paul Hobbs, repeat offender, violates agreements again
Facebook: Boycott Paul Hobbs Wines
NB Business Journal: Vineyard CEQA suit looms large

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Paul Hobbs comes to Napa


Bill Hocker - Jul 17, 2015 5:08PM  Share #908

Sonoma bad-boy vineyard converter and winery developer Paul Hobbs now wants to establish himself in Napa. A courtesy notice of his use permit submission has just be sent out.

He has run afoul of Sonoma prosecutors for his high handed operational style. From the Sonoma Press Democrat:

Paul Hobbs winery says it will pay $100,000 to Sonoma County in settlement

A Sonoma Supervisor is quoted as saying Hobbs’ actions displayed “blatant disregard for Sonoma County, its resources, his fellow vintners, and community sentiment.” Just what Napa needs: another developer whose operating mode is to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. He has also recently fought off community demands for a CEQA EIR in a vineyard conversion near a school. He also has generated a Boycott Paul Hobbs Wines Facebook page

This winery will be on 80 acres at 2181 Imola Ave in Coombsville (within a few hundred yards of another school) to be built in 2 phases . Combined capacity: 60,000 gal/yr; bldg area: 16,500 sf; visitation: 7300/yr; 5-7 employees; hours: 7am to 10pm

Visitation is somewhat low compared to the visitation requests presented by most projects in the last few years. Cynic that I am, I suspect that there may be a ttend to go in low on visitation in upcoming use-permit requests, and then up them with modifications later on, perhaps when the economy dips again. In the meantime, the county doesn't really check on how many people come through the door, do they?

We will cover the project here





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