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Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

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Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(1 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(2 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(3 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(4 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(5 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(6 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(7 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Petaluma wine makers toast successful viticulture region

(8 of ) A special event celebrating the creation of the Petaluma Gap AVA was held at the Gap’s Crown Vineyard in Penngrove. (CRISSY PASCUAL/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

MATT BROWN

ARGUS-COURIER STAFF | May 31, 2018, 8:59AM

| Updated 9 hours ago.

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The journey that culminated with Petaluma’s official viticulture area designation began more than a decade ago with a handful of grape growers talking about the unique challenges of producing fruit in an unusually windy region.

The federal application alone took nearly three years, an effort complicated by a change in administrations that required congressional intervention.

“It was like watching a submarine race,” said Doug Cover, a member of the board of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. “You never knew what was happening.”

Finally, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a rule that went into affect in January, giving the Petaluma Gap status as an official American Viticulture Area.

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