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Allan Hancock College rolls out a new winery on campus

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Allan Hancock College rolls out a new winery on campus

This fall, students at the community college in Santa Maria moved to a new campus winery that has the look and scale of a commercial operation.

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New AVAs put Paso in wine industry big leagues

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  2 Comments

On the heels of a top national ranking from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles Wine Country is rolling out an expanded set of sub-brands to put it on equal footing with Napa and Sonoma counties.

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Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

The first-annual Bubblyfest will be held amidst brimming interest in sparkling wine.

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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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