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Nichols duo opens third Brothers restaurant in the valley

By   /  Friday, December 6th, 2013  /  Restaurants, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Nichols duo opens third Brothers restaurant in the valley

Matt and Jeff Nichols have opened their new wine country restaurant, Brothers at the Red Barn, following a year renovating a historic property in Santa Ynez.

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The maverick of the valley: New Vintners’ chief has bold plan for Santa Barbara wine country

By   /  Friday, December 6th, 2013  /  Small Business, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on The maverick of the valley: New Vintners’ chief has bold plan for Santa Barbara wine country

Morgen McLaughlin believes that some of the best wines in the in the world are being produced in Santa Barbara County, but that message hasn’t been getting out to consumers or the media.

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Central Coast leads the way as solar, tourism boost SLO County recovery

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Central Coast leads the way as solar, tourism boost SLO County recovery

In remarks prepared for the 2014 SLO County Economic Forecast Breakfast on Nov. 22, Jordan Levine of Beacon Economics said only San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Francisco and Bakersfield have gone positive when it comes to the pre-recession jobs peak.

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Shale Oak Winery turns heads with design and green focus

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Columns, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Shale Oak Winery turns heads with design and green focus

Shale Oak Winery’s tasting room in Paso Robles is one of the more eye-catching in the area with its colorful, angular facade of stained glass in a geometric pattern.

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Paso Robles named Wine Region of the Year

By   /  Tuesday, November 12th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Paso Robles named Wine Region of the Year

Paso Robles wine country has been named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine, beating out long-established players.

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2014 Amgen Tour set to cycle through four of region’s cities

By   /  Tuesday, November 5th, 2013  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on 2014 Amgen Tour set to cycle through four of region’s cities

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling race in the U.S., will visit four cities in the Tri-Counties in May. The eight-day annual event will roll through Cambria, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara before concluding at the finish line in Thousand Oaks.

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Court launches bids for eight Nesbitt hotels

By   /  Friday, November 1st, 2013  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Court launches bids for eight Nesbitt hotels

Montecito hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt could lose as many as half of his Embassy Suites properties under a recently approved bankruptcy reorganization plan.

Nesbitt and his company, Windsor Capital Group, parked a portfolio of eight Embassy Suites hotels in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing more than $100 million in debts, after being unable to work out a deal with his servicer, New York-based Torchlight Investors. Nesbitt’s Embassy Suites properties in Lompoc and San Luis Obispo were not involved in the case.

Court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara indicate the eight hotels in the bankruptcy are now slated to go to the auction block.

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