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01/21/21

There were many losses when the pandemic forced shutdowns in March, but Pete Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley says a quick pivot to email marketing turned into a major win.

01/21/21

Little vials of wine nestled carefully into a box are waiting for you to take them home. Available at some local wineries, the bottles come in packs of five or six, hold 1 to 4 ounces of wine each, and are the latest iteration of pandemic life.

01/20/21

A spate of small but unusual winter wildfires started amid extreme winds around Northern California on Tuesday as the region grappled with a winter that has been sorely lacking in substantial rain and snow.

01/15/21

Central Coast Insights conference to be held digitally on March 30, 2021; WiVi Trade Show to be postponed until 2022

01/14/21

-The Beckett Family, founders and owners of Peachy Canyon Winery, have been named the 2020 Wine Industry Persons of the Year by the Paso Robles Wine County Alliance.

01/13/21

He was a senior winery relations manager and winemaker in the Central Coast for Agajanian Vineyards & Wine Company, where he oversaw grape and bulk wine sourcing. Haddox worked in grower relations and other positions for well-known, multinational vintners in California and abroad.

01/11/21

We may still not be allowed to visit wineries to (gasp) taste their wines, at the least until Jan. 29. But the wineries are offering some excellent enticements to draw us back.

01/08/21

Jenny Heinzen Real Estate saw record sales of acreage and winery properties in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties this year, transacting 5,233 acres of sales in 2020.

01/06/21

In case you missed Monday's exclusive in the Chronicle there's additional detail in the press release. O'Neill Vintners & Distillers acquired the Rabble wine brand, founded by Paso Robles- based vineyard manager Rob Murray.

01/05/21

Napa has Cabernet, an emulation of Bordeaux. Sonoma has Burgundy's twin varieties, Pinot and Chardonnay. But Paso Robles is a free-for-all. Here, Rhone-inspired vineyards are planted alongside Italian ones. If Paso is known for anything, it's for kitchen-sink red blends that throw historical precedent out the window: Tempranillo with Zinfandel, Mourvedre with Petit Verdot.

01/04/21

These producers teach strong lessons in how respect for the past can be a key strategy for a thriving future.

01/04/21

It is certainly the first - and only - winery to import all grape varieties that grow in the Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape region of France. Consequently, Tablas Creek is the first to establish a style of wine that hasn't existed before in North America -namely Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape-style blends and single varietal wines.

12/29/20

isoni is a name that needs no introduction - especially to lovers of wine. First, there's Gary Pisoni, who, back in the 1980s, convinced his farming family to plant grapes on their land in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Those hallowed 40 acres of vineyards have been producing great fruit - syrah, chardonnay, and, of course, pinot noir - since then.

12/29/20

"These splendors made an otherwise impossible year a bit more palatable."

12/22/20

Tastry's Rapid Smoke Panel-B is intended as a descendent of the Rapid Smoke Panel-A, which tests for Guaiacol and 4-Methylguaiacol. These identifiers of smoke taint are similarly available for reporting in "free" or "free and bound" concentrations. Tastry recommends Panel-A to determine if smoke taint is present and subsequent Panel-B testing for a more in-depth, cumulative understanding.

12/21/20

Winemaker and co-owner Daniel Daou and his team have thus managed these changes by developing a three pronged approach: activating soil micro-organisms on the one hand, while also using a shade net to block 40% of UV rays and prevent damage to the grapes. Microbursts of irrigation have also been used during heatwaves to keep the vines fresh and away from dehydration.

12/21/20

After six years of research, work and waiting, Alisos Canyon is an official American Viticultural Area, or AVA. Today, the federal government approved the creation of this small appellation in Santa Barbara County, California.

12/17/20

Since the new stay at home order took effect, Rancho Sisquoc along with all wineries in Southern California have not been permitted to serve guests.

12/16/20

She came to Alta Colina from Halter Ranch.

12/15/20

e winner in the category of Cellar Worker is Chelsea Franchi, the senior assistant winemaker at Tablas Creek Vineyard.

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