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Los Olivos AVA to expand wine profile of Santa Ynez Valley

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Fred Brander is one of Santa Barbara County's most senior viticulturists.

  It won’t be long before the region’s wine map will be shaded in with Santa Barbara County’s newest viticultural area, the Los Olivos District, nearly completing a profile of the Santa Ynez Valley as a diverse wine producer. Fred Brander, one of the county’s most senior viticulturists, began exploring the idea of an American […]

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Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

A worker harvests Shiraz grapes by hand at the Helen & Joey Estate vineyard in the Yarra Valley region of Greater Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, March 23, 2015. Though the area's 100-plus wineries make only 4 percent of Australia's wine, the Yarra Valley is a hotbed of young ambitious winemakers. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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Paso Robles wine castle’s woes fade into medieval history

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Paso Robles wine castle’s woes fade into medieval history

Rob Murray, a longtime vineyard owner who has moved into winemaking with Tooth & Nail Winery, shown with Direct to Consumer Manager Jo Armstrong.

The former Eagle Castle Winery, a Paso Robles wine country landmark overlooking Highway 46 West, has emerged from its version of the Dark Ages with a more modern look and visitor-friendly improvements after sitting vacant for 18 months and being sold while under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the home of Tooth & Nail Winery, […]

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Eberle regains control of Paso Robles winery after difficult 16 months

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Eberle regains control of Paso Robles winery after difficult 16 months

Gary Eberle and his wife, Marcy, bought enough shares from ex-partners to regain majority control of Eberle Winery in Paso Robles.

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Banks-Lindquist alliance has Qupé wine on path for growth

By   /  Friday, May 15th, 2015  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Banks-Lindquist alliance has Qupé wine on path for growth

When one of the leading makers of syrah on the Central Coast sold the majority interest in his business to Charles Banks and his Terroir Selections investment group in 2013, it turned some heads in the wine world. Bob Lindquist, the first vintner to make syrah in Santa Barbara County and a national standard-bearer for […]

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Vintners measure ‘soul’ of their wine with phenolics testing

By   /  Friday, April 17th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Vintners measure ‘soul’ of their wine with phenolics testing

They are analyzing phenolic levels in robust red wines like cabernet sauvignon and syrah to help them make more reliable decisions on when to separate the juice from skins and stems, and how to blend to achieve consistent structure in successive vintages.

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Ventura County growers in position to weather the drought

By   /  Friday, April 10th, 2015  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County growers in position to weather the drought

One of Ventura County’s many strawberry fields, visible from the region’s roadways. (Business Times file photo)

Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales told the Business Times that the county’s farm output will decline if the drought continues, but strawberries, the county’s No. 1 crop, would likely be the least affected because of their high return value.

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