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Artisanal Winemaking on Display from Santa Lucia Highlands

February 21, 2010

The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans proved true to their moniker at a recent tasting in San Francisco. Over two dozen labels were represented from this distinct appellation in southern Monterey County – including SIP members Hahn Family Wines, McIntyre Vineyards, and Paraiso Vineyards. McIntyre visibly touted sustainablity and the SIP Seal in their handout, including noting that Steve McIntyre was a founding member of Central Coast Vineyard Team. Hahn Family Wines had the SIP seal all over their marketing literature, including seed packets containing the same wildflower/cover crop mixture that they use in the... [Read more...]

Margarita Vineyard of Ancient Peaks Gains SIP Certification

February 3, 2010

Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard is one of the latest to earn SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification in recognition of the vineyard’s numerous sustainable viticultural practices. “We are proud to have met the rigorous standards of the SIP certification process,” said co-owner and vineyard manager Doug Filipponi. “This certification recognizes what we are doing to ensure natural quality in our wines, and it reflects our passion for being good stewards of the land.” Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just... [Read more...]

Kudos to Niels Udsen of Castoro Cellars

January 26, 2010

It was great to see Niels Udsen of Castoro Cellars recently honored by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance as their 2009 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. A longtime supporter of Central Coast Vineyard Team and the SIP program – some of Castoro’s vineyards are SIP certified, as well as being certified organic – Niels started as a local cellar rat back in 1981, when no one knew what a Paso Robles was. He and his wife Bimmer launched Castoro (Italian for Niels’ nickname: “Beaver”) in 1983, and over the years, it... [Read more...]

Pacific Vineyard Company Takes Lead on Summertime Worker Safety

January 7, 2010

With chilly winter temperatures gripping much of the nation, it may be an odd time to think about the dangers of heat stroke to farmworkers, but such was the topic of a recent story on the Capital Press website. A Napa Valley businessman has laudably developed and patented a first aid/cooling station for farmworkers. The portable trailer offers pop-up shade, water, etc. and we hope it will catch on with vineyard owners and managers, even if their only motivation is avoiding litigation. We’d like to point out, however, in the summer of 2009 a local... [Read more...]

SIP Seal Gaining Some Buzz

November 19, 2009

Judging from the standing room only crowd at the SIP Roundtable breakout seminar at CCVT’s 2009 Sustainable Ag Expo, there’s certainly a lot of buzz about the SIP program, and – we think – rightly so! CCVT Executive Director Kris O’Connor spoke about the success of the fledgling program, now only in its second year, but already with 30-plus members and about 11,000 certified acres. She also noted that all the first year members renewed, many with expanded acreage. She stressed that although much of the certified acreage is from the counties of Monterey, San... [Read more...]

Joebella Coffee Celebrates 2nd Anniversary and Helps Create a Buzz in the Beer World

October 9, 2009

Joseph and Isabel Gerardis of Joebella Coffee Roasters celebrated the second anniversary of their Templeton coffeehouse with a tantalizing array of treats from local food purveyors and neighboring businesses … plus the debut of a very special product featuring a Joebella roast. Isabel and Joseph Gerardis of Joebella Coffee Roasters Read More >> [Read more...]

The Vineyard Nightlife

October 2, 2009

Jogging down the vineyard row at 11 at night I keep hoping I don’t catch my toe on some dirt clod hidden in the dark and I wish that I spent a little more time at the gym so I wouldn’t feel like this light jog was about to kill me. The closer I get to the beast rolling along over the top of the vineyard rows the easier it gets to see. When I reach the ladder I grab onto to steps, swing up and enjoy the rush of warm air that blows from... [Read more...]

the ‘dirt’ on topsoil loss

September 25, 2009

Though many are concerned about the global climate crisis, there is also an issue found just under our feet; topsoil loss. This resource  gives us our food, forests, clothes and is an integral part of our existence. Watch this video to learn more about topsoil loss: [Read more...]

Taste of SLO: food and SIP Certified wines, who could ask for more?

September 12, 2009

Taste of SLO has done it again, I thoroughly enjoyed myself last Wednesday night as I wandered, well due to the great turn out, shuffled up and down the Mission Plaza tasting all that San Luis Obispo has to offer. This year’s disco themed event came complete with go go dancers, a giant disco ball, great music, and of course fabulous food and wine. The best of the best of San Luis Obispo restaurants made their appearances with delicious samplers; Tuna tacos from Native Lounge to mushroom soup topped with grated espresso bean from Mother’s... [Read more...]