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Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Dave Hickey of Laetitia Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

The first-annual Bubblyfest will be held amidst brimming interest in sparkling wine.

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10 years after ‘Sideways’ screen debut, Miles and Jack roll on

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

Paul Giamatti, left, and Thomas Haden Church portrayed two friends on a roadtrip through Santa Barbara County wine country in the 2004 Oscar-winning film "Sideways."

  As Santa Barbara County vintners mark the 10th anniversary of the movie “Sideways,” the characters whose spirited antics propelled the film have moved on to the stage and to new episodes in fiction that celebrate the allure of wines. Author Rex Pickett, whose novel became an award-winning film directed by Alexander Payne, has continued […]

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A taste of what’s coming at two Paso Robles wine venues

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

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  Two notable wine-industry projects are in the works in the Paso Robles area, one from a veteran winemaker and another from relative newcomers. Stephan Asseo, who began making wine in France in 1982 and established L’Aventure on Paso’s west side in 1998, expects to begin work this month on wine caves and a new, […]

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

Tara Gomez of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is the country’s only Native American winemaker. (Tom Bronzini / Business Times photo)

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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New tasting room opens wider window into Ojai vintner’s craft

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Columns, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

The first thing you would likely notice upon entering the new, expanded Ojai Vineyard tasting room in downtown Ojai is an impressive wine library in a cooled, glass-fronted space that dominates the rear wall.

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Homework done: Sylvan Learning franchisees plan to widen impact

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

Sonia and Joe Cardenas purchased the Conejo Valley rights for the Sylvan Learning Center in March. The business currently breaks even, but the veteran franchisees hope to make it profitable while providing greater access to tutoring in the region. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

The new owners of Sylvan Learning Center in Westlake Village plan to open satellite locations at schools and libraries to better serve the surrounding communities, a move they say will also boost the business’ bottom line.

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Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off

The Salisbury Vineyards tasting room in a historic old schoolhouse in Avila Valley has closed amid a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and a new venue will open there in June under the banner of newcomer Biddle Ranch Vineyard.

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