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Landscaping wineries with Native Plants: The Perfect Pairing

Creating an inviting environment for your customers through the functionality of a wine tasting room is a vitale step in creating a captivating experience through an interactive, fun, and relaxing atmosphere. Anticipating the needs and wants of your customers in advance can boost sales due to the increasing popularity of wine tourism, and their experience goes beyond your marketing and …


Best Wine Country Town

magazine   Paso Robles, California pasowine.com Despite its size—32,000 acres of grapes, and 11 AVAs growing 40 varietals that can be sampled in more than 200 tasting rooms, most of which are family owned—the vibe is nothing if not laid-back. The historic town square is circled by shops and chef-owned restaurants. Highway 46 is a bucolic drive with more than a …


A Savvy Breed of Winemaker Takes Business Sense to the Winery

This is a great article from the New York Times that is worth Sharing. Bill Price at Durell Vineyard in Sonoma, Calif. Mr. Price was a founder of TPG Capital. Credit Drew Kelly for The New York Times Advertisement   There’s an old saying: If you want to make a small fortune in the wine business, start with a large …


Burbank Ranch Winery listed for sale

A view of the tasting room. –Pacifica Wine Division, a branch of the full-service commercial, industrial, and investment real estate companyPacifica Commercial Realty, in conjunction with Sotheby’s International Realty, has announced today that Burbank Ranch winery and estate located in Templeton is now officially listed for sale. Burbank Ranch is located in the El Pomar District of the Paso Robles American …


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 …


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 …


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 …