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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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Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

California’s production of wine grapes is likely to decline this year after record yields in 2012 and 2013, but it’s uncertain whether the booming Central Coast will join in the slide.

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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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