Making Bad Weather Look Good

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Making Bad Weather Look Good

Never Seen Bad Weather Look So Good ...

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A Good Bottle of Wine

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A Good Bottle of Wine

When I was in my 20’s, I drank mostly beer and a little spirits, very rarely wine. In my 30’s, wine entered the equation, but the entry point was low-level for wine, especially when competing with a mindset trained at beer pricing (never spent much more than $2 for a glass of beer in the 70’s). Needless to say, the wines of choice at the start of my wine-drinking career were what we would say are on the bottom shelf of the grocery store. ...

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Averting a Major Blow to Santa Barbara County Wine Business

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Averting a Major Blow to Santa Barbara County Wine Business

For over forty-four years, Zaca Mesa has contributed to the growth of people and families in this beautiful Santa Barbara County wine region. Next year we will have five employees who have worked here at least twenty years. More precisely, forty years, thirty-five years, thirty-two years, and two at twenty years each. They have raised their families here, and now their children are working, young adults starting families of their own in this area. ...

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The Peaceful Table

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The Peaceful Table

I remember years ago when I first saw Zaca Mesa on a shelf at the store. For some reason, it just did not sound “wine” enough to me and I passed on buying it. Isn’t wine supposed to have some sort of French name with a few silent letters or an Italian name ending in an “o”, “i”, or “ia”? Zaca Mesa was from the Central Coast. Where in the heck was that?  ...

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Technology, Communications, and the Real Thing

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Technology, Communications, and the Real Thing

“Implementing technology will not solve our communications problems. If we aren’t good communicators without technology, we won’t be good communicators with technology.” ...

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Heaven on Earth

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Heaven on Earth

We moved here from Hermosa Beach four years ago, a place we thought we would never leave. The amazing thing is we have not missed it that much. No offense to Hermosa Beach- it is an awesome beach community. Considering I moved from Chicago to Hermosa Beach thirty five years ago, it was like Heaven on Earth. The weather, the beach, the ocean, the fun- what else was there in life?! ...

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Business Red Blends: Mergers and Acquisitions

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Business Red Blends: Mergers and Acquisitions

It seems that lately there have been quite a few mergers and acquisitions going in the wine industry- from suppliers to wholesalers to customers. The big guys are getting bigger. And bigger. It appears you either have to get really big to compete, or stay small and out of the way. It has, for lack of a better term, caused a bit of unsettling in the industry.   ...

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Wine Making vs the Business of Making Wine

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Wine Making vs the Business of Making Wine

I am a bit biased. I like what our wine-making team does. They take what Mother Nature throws at them and do their darndest to produce a wine that simultaneously caters to the palate of the consumer, is in line with their style, and is an expression of the vineyard and winery. Also, when they talk to you about wine and winemaking, they don’t talk at you; they don’t talk over you; they talk to you.  ...

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Zaca U: Talent Inc

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Zaca U: Talent Inc

There are organizations that have some sort of inherent ability and culture to foster talent development for an industry. Pick an industry, and you will find some bench-mark organization that feeds the industry talent pool. In Santa Barbara County wine-making, Zaca Mesa has helped considerably in the development of local wine-industry talent. ...

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