Last year, Guy Fieri announced plans to open a winery in Sonoma County, Calif., and possibly name his wine “Hunte and Ryde,” after his sons, Hunter and Ryder.
Though it seems like Fieri is still holding onto the dream, Sonoma locals are less than thrilled to be part of the Food Network star’s empire expansion.
Fieri’s winery proposal has reportedly been stalled since May thanks to “a band of neighbors” who “pushed planning officials to further study the traffic and noise the winery could invite into the rural area,” reports The Press Democrat.
Finally, on Thursday, December 11, the Board of Zoning Adjustments was scheduled to host a hearing for Fieri’s application for what has now been named the “Hunt-Ryd Winery.” However, this afternoon’s meeting has been canceled “due to heavy rains and flooding,” and will be rescheduled in January.
Though that means Fieri might have a few more weeks to smooth out his case for his proposed “small, boutique winery,” The Press Democrat reports that “a crowd [was] expected to protest the Food Network star’s plans at a public hearing set for [Thursday] afternoon."
So far, more than 100 local residents have reportedly signed a petition opposing the winery.