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T.J. Rodgers seeks permit to install winery

Original post made on Jan 27, 2009

Seven years after he got a permit to drill three caves 300 feet into Langley Hill for a winery, Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers is still trying to get another permit to install the actual winery in the caves near his vineyard above La Honda. Photo by Marion Softky.

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Comments (5)

Posted by Sherry Niswander, a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I live off of Skyline Blvd about 8 miles south of Clos de la Tech. I am very glad to hear that the Zoning Text Amendment has been dropped from the application. I think a PUD approach is a much better way to address the issues for this project. I applaud the County and applicant for finding a creative solution to this issue and look forward to the new reports when they are issued.


Posted by Mark, a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Interesting. From this picture it looks like the Devils Slide bypass tunnel begins on Langley Hill.


Posted by Tim, a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:41 am

"best pinot noir in the world", "environmental masterpiece", "it's going to bring renown to San Mateo County"? That's some major hubris. That kind of arrogance would give a hearty laugh to many a professional winemaker. In the end, the wine will have to speak for itself, and it will be years before we know how good it can be.

BTW, a grape crushing machine that mimics Ms. Massey's stomping? Why not just get some oopma-loompas? It sounds to me like they would fit in perfectly.


Posted by Sparks, a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I have watched the creation of this winery over the last seven years. The owners of this project have put an extraordinary effort into creating a quite beautiful, green, and high quality project. You can tell that this is a labor of love. The owners have also made a sincere effort to get along with their neighbors. It is unfortunate in our time that nothing can be done without a tremendous hue and cry, no matter how beneficial. If I was king I would prohibit the drinking of wine from all those who complain so bitterly. Why don't these people that hate development so much put more of an effort into starting a good war? There is nothing like war to give good old mother earth a little breathing room.


Posted by Hugh Bris, a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Pride goeth before a fall, TJ.


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