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Allan Hancock College rolls out a new winery on campus

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

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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O’Connor recalls barriers women attorneys faced

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Features, Latest news, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, recalled during an appearance at Cal State Channel Islands that in order to land her first job as an attorney after graduating high in her class at Stanford Law School, she offered to work for free and share […]

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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  /  Comments Off

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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