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Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

By   /  Thursday, March 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

  Novato-based Winery Exchange has purchased Chronic Cellars out of Paso Robles, a young winery known for its red-wine blends and counter-culture branding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chronic Cellars is best known for red blends such as its zinfandel-based Purple Paradise and its syrah-based Sofa King Bueno, Winery Exchange said in a Read More →

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Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Peter Work and wife Rebecca watched from the Newark, N.J., Airport as the twin towers of the World Trade Center went crashing down in a cloud of dust and debris.

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Eberle Winery to retain founder as ambassador, hold production steady

By   /  Thursday, March 20th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Eberle Winery to retain founder as ambassador, hold production steady

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story, originally published on March 20, was updated on March 31 with additional reporting.] When Paso Robles viticulture pioneer Gary Eberle was unexpectedly ousted as general manager at Eberle Winery in January, it sounded like the new majority partners had some radical changes in mind to boost profits. Eberle told several media Read More →

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Business is brewing: Firestone Walker climbs in craft beer rankings

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Features, Restaurants, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Business is brewing: Firestone Walker climbs in craft beer rankings

A server pours beer at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Paso Robles campus, where the firm is building out more production space to gear up for more bottling. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has big plans on tap, including another expansion at its Paso Robles campus, a new beer and the opening of a pilot brewery in the Los Angeles area.

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Templar banks on grapes: Asset-based lender launches winery arm

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Templar banks on grapes: Asset-based lender launches winery arm

Templar Capital does asset-based lending and recently launched Vintners Capital, a lending arm that caters specifically to wine-related businesses by lending against wine-club subscriptions and equipment, along with other collateral.

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Sanford, free of debt, looks to future at Alma Rosa Winery

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Sanford, free of debt, looks to future at Alma Rosa Winery

Richard Sanford, free of a crushing debt burden, says he is excited about the future of Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards and his role there, even though he has lost ownership.

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Hotel developers embrace Paso Robles wine boom

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Hotel developers embrace Paso Robles wine boom

A hotel development frenzy in Paso Robles could double the number of rooms in town over the next 10 years, a figure that already has seen twofold growth since 2000 as wineries flourish.

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