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Los Olivos wine appellation gains American Viticultural Area designation

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Grape harvest at Fess Parker Vineyard.

Federal officials have given final approval for a new American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County: the 22,820-acre Los Olivos District in the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine appellation has won recognition as a locale with distinctive climate, geology, soils and topographical features affecting the character of its wines. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Read More →

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Justin’s Winery of the Year honor beyond ‘wildest dreams’

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Justin Baldwin started Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles 35 years ago.

I asked Justin Baldwin what message he would deliver later this month at an awards dinner in New York honoring Justin Vineyards & Winery as Wine Enthusiast magazine’s American Winery of the Year. “Wow” was the first word that came to mind. He recalled that when he started the operation 35 years ago, it was Read More →

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Uber Wine tough competition for tour operators

By   /  Friday, December 18th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  1 Comment

Tom Bronzini

Wine country tour operators in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have a formidable new competitor. Since April, Uber has been offering Uber Wine, a ride-sharing service to wineries and tasting rooms in the two counties. Michael Amodeo, a spokesman for Uber, said the company has provided thousands of rides to customers looking for Read More →

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’Tis the season to stock up on tri-county wines

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on ’Tis the season to stock up on tri-county wines

It’s the most wonderful time of year for wine sales. Wineries I contacted in the region reported that November and December and the last quarter of the year are typically their strongest sales months as consumers stock up for holiday gatherings and select gifts. Customers will often spend more on a bottle this time of Read More →

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Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles pampers guests

By   /  Friday, October 30th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles pampers guests

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles has 171 guest rooms, a spa and extensive event spaces nestled on 20 acres.

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Name change game-changer for Paso winery with NFL ties

By   /  Friday, October 16th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Name change game-changer for Paso winery with NFL ties

Terry and Jennifer Hoage in their winery’s barrel room with their 2-year-old Labrador, Lexi.

It’s a long way from the roaring crowds, frenetic pace and adrenaline rush of a Sunday afternoon in pro football to the quiet and deliberate routine of a Paso Robles vintner. Terry Hoage, an All-American at the University of Georgia, who played for 13 seasons as a safety in the NFL and was on the Read More →

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Early grape harvest in Tri-Counties results in lower yields

By   /  Friday, September 25th, 2015  /  Agriculture, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Early grape harvest in Tri-Counties results in lower yields

Grape harvest at Fess Parker Vineyard.

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