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The fight over the Santa Monica Mountain wine industry

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Donald Schmitz hugs his dog, Duke, while holding a glass of cabernet made from his grapes. Schmitz produced 2001, 2005 and 2012 labels.

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The vines on Donald Schmitz's property produce about three to five tons of grapes each year.

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The vines are located on the north and south-facing sides of Donald Schmitz's property. HIs wines are labeled differently depending on which side the grapes came from.

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Cindy Agran, left, and Jefferey Marlow visit the Santa Monica Mountains for wine tasting at Cornell Winery and Tasting Room.

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Customers at at Cornell Winery and Tasting Room in Agoura Hills do a tasting on Friday afternoon, April 25.

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Local wines are for sale at Cornell Winery and Tasting Room.


When you hear "California wines,"  Napa Valley or the Central Coast might come to mind. But the Santa Monica Mountains also have a budding wine industry...for now.

KPCC's Jed Kim says it may not be compatible with a new land-use management plan being developed.
 


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