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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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Dry farming in Paso Robles: vintners’ tough love for the vines

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Dry farming in Paso Robles: vintners’ tough love for the vines

With so much attention focused lately on water issues in Paso Robles, I was curious about the vintners who direct a kind of tough love to their vines known as dry farming.

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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  /  Agribusiness, 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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