More winery rules floated by McHenry County Board members
WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Board committee spent more than 2˝ hours Tuesday debating changes to a winery ordinance for which it recommended approval a month ago.
The Liquor and License Committee meeting resulted in at least seven proposed amendments to be introduced the night of the full County Board vote, and something of a reprimand for committee Chairman John Hammerand, R-Wonder Lake, from County Board Chairman Ken Koehler.
Koehler, who also serves as the county liquor commissioner, accused Hammerand of trying to micromanage the proposal by a husband-wife team to open a small winery southeast of Hebron. The long committee discussion included such vagaries as the alcohol content of port and whether the rhubarb plant – which can be used for flavored wines – is a fruit or a vegetable.
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