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Wine drinkers open their wallets again for pricier bottles

By   /  Friday, March 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine drinkers open their wallets again for pricier bottles

Measured optimism about the region’s wine industry was a theme that ran through the Central Coast Insights wine symposium in Paso Robles on March 12.

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Napa’s Walt Wines leases Clos Pepe Vineyard

By   /  Thursday, March 19th, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Napa’s Walt Wines leases Clos Pepe Vineyard

The lease agreement is a long-term move for the Pepes who are planning to semi-retire from their efforts at the vineyard.

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Malibu Coast vintners organize for wider recognition of wines

By   /  Friday, February 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Malibu Coast vintners organize for wider recognition of wines

Malibu is popularly associated with surf, sand, celebrities, movies — but usually not wine. Vintners in the recently recognized Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area, or AVA, are joining forces to do something about that. On Feb. 7, the first meeting of the Malibu Coast Vintners & Grape Growers Alliance was held at Cornell Winery in Read More →

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Wine firm wins crushing victory in tax case

By   /  Friday, January 30th, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine firm wins crushing victory in tax case

A Buellton wine company had a $400,000 tax bill erased in a Board of Equalization decision that could set a precedent for classifying “custom crush” producers and microbreweries that lease space and equipment to other vendors.

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Family-owned winery restores Paso Robles landmark

By   /  Friday, January 16th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Family-owned winery restores Paso Robles landmark

The building at 525 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles, once referred to as “the symbol of success in the almond industry,” was on the verge of being torn down before Derby Wine Estates stepped in to save the iconic pink structures.

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Paso wine country gets drought relief with early storms

By   /  Friday, January 16th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Paso wine country gets drought relief with early storms

The 6.5 inches of rain that have fallen in the Paso Robles area so far have done much to leach out an accumulation of salts in the root zones that has stressed the vines and lowered wine grape yields.

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Santa Barbara’s historic El Paseo is new wine destination

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara’s historic El Paseo is new wine destination

When Jamie Slone was looking to establish a tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara for his inaugural line of wines, he liked the cluster of three tasting spots at the city’s historic El Paseo complex and was looking to join them.

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