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Funding farming’s future: USDA tags Tri-Counties for program

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Funding farming’s future: USDA tags Tri-Counties for program

  A $10 billion federal fund from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could provide much-needed assistance for developing water systems and other infrastructure in the Tri-Counties, where the region’s agriculture industry has suffered tremendous losses from the drought. The USDA has designated Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as “drought disaster counties” as Read More →

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Crop values hit $4.4B as drought parches strawberries

By   /  Wednesday, August 6th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Crop values hit $4.4B as drought parches strawberries

Drought conditions sapped 12 percent of the value of strawberry production in Ventura County while wine grapes surged for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties to help boost the region’s crop values to $4.4 billion, according to reports on last year’s crops.

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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 on Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

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 on New tasting room opens wider window into Ojai vintner’s craft

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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Visitors pour in to Tri-Counties for wine tourism

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Visitors pour in to Tri-Counties for wine tourism

Tourism visitor spending in the coastal region that includes the Tri-Counties jumped from $6.7 billion to $7 billion between 2012 and 2013 as part of a 23 percent increase since 2009 that is expected to continue this summer.

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‘Sideways’ and up: Santa Ynez Valley readies for film’s 10th anniversary

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on ‘Sideways’ and up: Santa Ynez Valley readies for film’s 10th anniversary

“I woke up and everything was different,” said Frank Ostini, owner of The Hitching Post II. “Reservation requests at the restaurant literally tripled and we’ve never looked back.”

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Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Avila schoolhouse tasting room changing hands amid Ch 7. filing

The Salisbury Vineyards tasting room in a historic old schoolhouse in Avila Valley has closed amid a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and a new venue will open there in June under the banner of newcomer Biddle Ranch Vineyard.

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