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Uncharted Territory: Questions to Consider When Buying Your First Vineyard

  For this Q and A, Pacifica Wine Division interviews vineyard owner Chris Williams. Chris and his wife purchased a small 8-acre vineyard in Templeton, California in October of 2014. With limited knowledge of vineyard operations, the two set out to find a calm and picturesque setting to relocate to for retirement. Recently celebrating his first grape harvest, Chris provides …


J. Lohr names Kristen Barnhisel new winemaker for white wine

20-year career spans spectrum of appellations and grape varieties – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has named Kristen Barnhisel as their winemaker for white wine, joining a veteran winemaking team that includes red winemaker Steve Peck and longtime director of winemaking and president/COO Jeff Meier, who will continue to ensure the stylistic continuity of all J. Lohr wines. Raised in …


Where to eat in Paso Robles

Paso Robles has many great dining options. Whether you are in the mood for Italian, sushi, or just want to grab a sandwich, there is something for everybody in this charming town. Artisan Artisan is a, “rustic-chic,” restaurant located in Downtown Paso Robles. They are dedicated to supporting the local agriculture industry, with local fare and wines offered up in …


Where to stay in Paso Robles

Whatever your taste or budget may be, there is a comfortable place to hang your hat in Paso Robles. Some fantastic lodging options include: Best Western Black Oak Another modern, comfortable lodging option is the Best Western Black Oak Hotel. Family owned and operated, Best Western Black Oak Hotel offers amenities such as an on-site restaurant, a heated pool and …


Wine Trade Groups in Paso Robles

  Unlike other industries and other areas of the state, country and world, wine growers in Paso Robles don’t seem to compete as much as they collaborate. A friendly, supportive and cooperative nature surrounds the North County wine industry, welcoming urban refugees and local wine-growing newcomers alike. This attitude of collaboration has created a number of Paso Robles wine trade …


Gary Eberle regains control of his namesake winery

Big developments in the local wine industry.    Gary Eberle, who last year was ousted from the winery he founded decades ago, has once again taken control of Eberle Winery.   Gary and Marcy Eberle say Gary took a majority ownership interest in his namesake winery yesterday morning. “It hit me hard when I faced the fact that I lacked majority control …


Four Paso wineries rank in ‘101 Best Wineries in America’ list

Four Paso Robles wineries named in ‘101 Best Wineries in America’ ranking done by online publication The Daily Meal, an online publication devoted to ranking food and drink experiences, recently set out to determine the 101 best wineries in the United States. Four Paso Robles wineries made the list. They are: Peachy Canyon Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyars, Saxum Vineyards and …


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Legal Issues When Transferring Winery or Vineyard Ownership

An interview with Attorney Ron Parravano Parravano has been practicing law since 1976. For the last 20 years, he has been focusing mostly on Alcoholic Beverage Control or ABC laws, estate planning, and escrows. Working with many wineries in Monetary County and beyond, and even creating some Chardonnay himself on his small family vineyard, Parravano is familiar with the steps …


Due Diligence for Winery Buyers

Due Diligence for Winery Buyers Seminar stresses best practices and permit requirements By Paul Franson Best Practices for Owning and Operating a Winery A seminar held earlier this year in Santa Rosa, Calif., aimed to provide current information for those who want to buy, sell or own a winery—or to serve the wine business. The fifth annual, two-day event offered current …