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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 on 10 years after ‘Sideways’ screen debut, Miles and Jack roll on

  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 Read More →

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Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Special Sections, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

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Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

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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 on A taste of what’s coming at two Paso Robles wine venues

  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, Read More →

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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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