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The venture capitalist of the vineyards: Terroir’s investments range from Santa Ynez to South Africa

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  Features, Personal Finance, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on The venture capitalist of the vineyards: Terroir’s investments range from Santa Ynez to South Africa

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Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

Strawberries remain the largest piece of the pie in the Tri-Counties’ multibillion-dollar agriculture industry, but there will be slightly less acreage in the New Year.

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Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

Tourism numbers for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have topped pre-recession figures in recent years and that upward climb is expected to continue in 2014.

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Lompoc bets on TBID: Hoteliers organize tourism marketing district

By   /  Friday, December 20th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Features, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Lompoc bets on TBID: Hoteliers organize tourism marketing district

The Lompoc Tourism Improvement District was unanimously approved by the City Council on Dec. 5 and has overwhelming support from hotel owners in the city. The district will take effect Jan. 1, assessing a 2 percent tourism fee on hotel stays to generate funds to advertise the city to potential travelers.

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Showcasing some wines seldom heard of on the grapevine

By   /  Friday, December 20th, 2013  /  Columns, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Showcasing some wines seldom heard of on the grapevine

It’s a lot easier to drink than pronounce the names of the lesser-known Italian varietal wines poured at the Sunland Vintage Winery tasting room in Thousand Oaks.

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Rivals team up on Paso Robles water as lawsuit threat looms

By   /  Friday, December 13th, 2013  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Rivals team up on Paso Robles water as lawsuit threat looms

An agreement reached by two of the groups jockeying to shape the future of a water district in Paso Robles wine country won’t stop two lawsuits that could lead to years in court and millions of dollars in legal fees to sort out the water basin’s woes.

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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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