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11/10/17

Nicky Hahn is the inaugural recipient of this Wine Enthusiast award, which recognizes pioneers who paved the way for others in the wine business. Hahn played an essential role in establishing the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation in Monterey County and has dedicated four decades to building the stellar reputation for this unique winemaking area.

11/07/17

It's been nearly two years since Santa Maria Valley winemakers Bob and Luisa Lindquist closed their very popular Qupe-Verdad tasting room in Los Olivos, and they've been sorely missed by locals and wine collectors alike

10/30/17

A well-known winemaker and consultant, he started Kunin Wines in 1998, focusing on Syrah, Zinfandel and Viognier. Over the years he added additional Rhone and Loire Valley varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc and was joined by his wife and business partner Magan and their daughter Phoebe

10/30/17

Once out of favor, Sauvignon Blanc clone now flourishes in Arroyo Seco AVA

10/27/17

Winery owners report more than two-dozen break-ins during recent weeks

10/27/17

Travel Paso - the region's new, not-for-profit 501c (6) destination marketing organization - is pleased to announce Danna Stroud as its inaugural Executive Director. Stroud, returns to her hometown with a wealth tourism leadership experience and a vast California network. She begins her new position on Dec. 11, 2017

10/23/17

Several wineries across the region have reported an influx of visitors in recent weeks. They're seeing upwards of 20 to 30 percent more visitors to their tasting rooms than normal for this time of year. At Halter Ranch Vineyard, tasting room manager Tony Quealy said the tasting room has been serving around 115 to 120 visitors each day. That's compared with about 70 people on a normal weekday

10/23/17

Last year's rain season produced well above-average rainfall along the Central Coast. Unlike the previous years of drought, where the hills struggled to turn green in the winter and numerous trees died due to lack of water and insect infestation. This year saw vast amounts of grasses and other seasonal vegetation that turned our hills to hues of brown and gold during the summer and fall

10/19/17

Please endure. Please hold your resolve. May it pass quickly, and may we gather again with good wine, if only to remind ourselves of the grace indeed available to us

10/19/17

The Santa Maria Valley is by no means an undiscovered region. It's the second-oldest designated American Viticultural Area in the state, after Napa Valley, and earned acclaim for the wines of pioneers such as Jim Clendenan of Au Bon Climat. The region has drawn investment from big names, including Robert Mondavi, which owned Byron winery for over a decade, and Kendall-Jackson owner Jackson Family Wines, which now owns Byron as well as neighboring Cambria winery.

10/17/17

A new wildfire that started Monday night in the Santa Cruz Mountains has injured two firefighters and prompted evacuations in the area around Boulder Creek, according to fire officials

10/17/17

A number of Paso Robles wineries have come together to try to raise funds for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Each participating winery will be donating $1 per bottle sold through the end of the month to charities.

10/17/17

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is asking the local winemaking community to fund a campaign which will provide aid to the winemaking communities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Working with Direct Relief, a medical relief organization headquartered in Goleta, 100% of funds raised will be distributed throughout the affected area through California's Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the tri-county region.

10/13/17

Richard Sauret was an old-school Paso Robles grape grower

10/09/17

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a series of burglaries targeting winery tasting rooms in the Paso Robles and Templeton areas. Over the past couple months, more than 25 tasting rooms have been hit

10/06/17

Grant funding opportunities, a Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter update and more at IGGPRA's October seminar: "Vines Never Sleep"

10/05/17

The Dierberg family is proud to announce the debut of CCL, a reserve tier of wines showcasing each vineyard's most outstanding blocks. The initial release includes the 2014 "Steven" Pinot Noir ($95, 65 cases) from the Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, and the 2014 "Ty" Pinot Noir ($95, 62 cases) from the Drum Canyon Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.

10/05/17

San Luis Obispo County made a critical error when creating the ballots for the special election currently underway to determine whether landowners around Paso Robles, San Miguel and Creston should form a water district, County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said

10/05/17

The 2017 wine grape harvest in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, which started in early September, is nearing its end with vintners waiting on the last of the grapes to wrap up a wild and compacted harvest.

10/05/17

Among the scheduled educational sessions are: "Issues Facing Organic Farmers Today," "Clean and Renewable Technology" and "Tools for Plant and Soil Health." The keynote presentation Grower Roundtable is titled "From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business" and features Scott LaRue of Piper Jaffray as moderator and Bill Reiman of Gladstone Land Corp; Stan Pura, founder of Mission Ranches and Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms.

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