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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  /  Agribusiness, 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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The maverick of the valley: New Vintners’ chief has bold plan for Santa Barbara wine country

By   /  Friday, December 6th, 2013  /  Small Business, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on The maverick of the valley: New Vintners’ chief has bold plan for Santa Barbara wine country

Morgen McLaughlin believes that some of the best wines in the in the world are being produced in Santa Barbara County, but that message hasn’t been getting out to consumers or the media.

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Holiday spirits: Liquor for locavores

By   /  Friday, December 6th, 2013  /  Small Business, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Holiday spirits: Liquor for locavores

Read on to learn about the entrepreneurs behind the emerging locavore liquor movement in the Tri-Counties and their favorite holiday cocktail recipes.

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Wine on wheels: Mobile bottling service works with vintners large and small

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine on wheels: Mobile bottling service works with vintners large and small

The Bottlemeister’s schedule is so busy that CEO Tom Nulman can only take on a few new clients a year. But he tries to make room for small operations, giving them the same pricing as larger clients, even if the lower volumes means he’ll only break even on a day of bottling.

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