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Los Olivos wine appellation gains American Viticultural Area designation

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Los Olivos wine appellation gains American Viticultural Area designation

Federal officials have given final approval for a new American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County: the 22,820-acre Los Olivos District in the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine appellation has won recognition as a locale with distinctive climate, geology, soils and topographical features affecting the character of its wines. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Read More →

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Los Olivos AVA to expand wine profile of Santa Ynez Valley

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Los Olivos AVA to expand wine profile of Santa Ynez Valley

  It won’t be long before the region’s wine map will be shaded in with Santa Barbara County’s newest viticultural area, the Los Olivos District, nearly completing a profile of the Santa Ynez Valley as a diverse wine producer. Fred Brander, one of the county’s most senior viticulturists, began exploring the idea of an American Read More →

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Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

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Chumash award $112M hotel contract, eye October groundbreaking

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

  Tutor Perini Corp. has been selected to head up construction of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ controversial hotel expansion project. The building contract for the property at 3400 E. Highway 246 in Santa Ynez is valued at $112 million, Sylmar-based Tutor Perini said in a statement. It’s the first time a dollar Read More →

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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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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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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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