Wine Country

Wine Country
5:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Two Central Coast businesses named best "Wine Restaurants" in the U.S.

Credit Flickr member Sharon Mollerus

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is out with its annual list of the 100 best wine restaurants in the United States, and two Central Coast locations made the cut.

Les Marchands in Santa Barbara was selected for its blend of European and local wines showcasing small grower-producers "that make wine in a natural, noninterventionist style."

San Luis Obispo's Novo Restaurant made the list for its large selection of wines made within a 60 mile radius.

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Wine Country
3:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

How the Paso Robles wine industry deals with growth, drought, and attention

Vines with grapes ready for picking in the Paso Robles wine growing region.
Credit Flickr member Dan'o

The Central Coast is well known for its award-winning wines, and in recent years, the Paso Robles region has become a favorite of wine critics.  

The area also faces challenges from drought and rapid growth.

Randol White shares insight into the many aspects of our local wine industry during his latest interview.

Information on the 32nd Paso Robles Wine Festival can be found at PasoWine.com

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Wine Country
6:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

April is 'Down to Earth' wine month in California

Photo from the book—Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California
Credit Wine Institute

Eco-friendly wines and winery events are featured this month as part of the Wine Institute's third-annual Down to Earth celebrations in California.

The month is aimed at bringing attention to the state's leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking.

"Our California Sustainable Winegrowing Program leads the world in comprehensiveness and size with wineries and vineyards that produce nearly three-quarters of California’s wine grapes and wine participating,” said Bobby Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute.

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Wine Country
5:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Paso Robles CAB Collective

The Paso Robles wine region is best known for its zinfandels and Rhone style wines, but cabernet and Bordeaux varietals have made their mark in the area, too.  A grass-roots non-profit, The Paso Robles CAB Collective, highlights these wines with their event, CABs of Distinction.  Central Coast Wine Classic Founder and Chairman, Archie McLaren, talks about the event and the wines that inspired it with Cynthia Lohr of J. Lohr Winery and Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards.

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Wine Country
7:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Santa Barbara County wineries work to protect identity

Santa Barbara County vineyard
Credit Flickr member Cielo de la Paz

A growing number of wine regions throughout the world are working to protect the names associated with their geographic locations. Santa Barbara County wineries are joining that effort this week at a meeting in France.

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5:57 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Assessing local vineyards after our recent rains

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Wednesday evening on KCBX News, we spoke with Jason Hass of Tablas Creek about his "after the rain" blog post.
Since last Wednesday, we've received 5.71 inches of glorious rain. It was nicely spread out, starting with two inches the first day, followed by thirteen hundredths the next, then another two inches Friday, another inch Saturday, and finally a half-inch yesterday. That meant it nearly all soaked in, rather than ran off.