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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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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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Wine drinkers open their wallets again for pricier bottles

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine drinkers open their wallets again for pricier bottles

Measured optimism about the region’s wine industry was a theme that ran through the Central Coast Insights wine symposium in Paso Robles on March 12.

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Malibu Coast vintners organize for wider recognition of wines

By   /  Friday, February 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Malibu Coast vintners organize for wider recognition of wines

Malibu is popularly associated with surf, sand, celebrities, movies — but usually not wine. Vintners in the recently recognized Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area, or AVA, are joining forces to do something about that. On Feb. 7, the first meeting of the Malibu Coast Vintners & Grape Growers Alliance was held at Cornell Winery in […]

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Paso wine country gets drought relief with early storms

By   /  Friday, January 16th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Paso wine country gets drought relief with early storms

The 6.5 inches of rain that have fallen in the Paso Robles area so far have done much to leach out an accumulation of salts in the root zones that has stressed the vines and lowered wine grape yields.

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Santa Barbara’s historic El Paseo is new wine destination

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara’s historic El Paseo is new wine destination

Doug Margerum (Courtesy image)

When Jamie Slone was looking to establish a tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara for his inaugural line of wines, he liked the cluster of three tasting spots at the city’s historic El Paseo complex and was looking to join them.

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Allan Hancock College rolls out a new winery on campus

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Allan Hancock College rolls out a new winery on campus

Alfredo Koch, of Allan Hanckock College’s viticulture and enology program. (Courtesy image)

This fall, students at the community college in Santa Maria moved to a new campus winery that has the look and scale of a commercial operation.

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