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The Central Coast is off and rolling.  Spring is here and with it an abundance of activity.  The Central Coast was recently host to some fantastic events: Paso Wine Alliance Seminar on March 5th, Central Coast Insights on March 14th, and WiVi Central Coast on March 19th and 20th.  Each event was chalked full of educational seminars, updates on the state of the industry and featured delicious regional wines during their tastings.

In addition to events, we’ve been busy watching bud break happen all around us.  Santa Maria tends to be one of the first areas in the Central Coast to be out, and this year was no exception.

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The weather has been mostly warm up until last week when we experienced a bit of a cooling trend.  Last Tuesday, I went on a vineyard tour with a winery representative starting in Santa Maria; from there we worked our way north to Paso Robles.

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9 am in Santa Maria, the majority of the bud break has already been completed.

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Later that morning in Paso Robles, a few vines had bud break, but mostly bud swell.

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It turned out to be a beautiful spring day.

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Market activity is beginning to pick up as well.  “Serious Tire Kicking”, or as we refer to it interest without deals being made, has been the main action seen in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. However, we are now starting to see offers being put on the table for various varieties.  It looks like it will be a busy spring in 2013 and I can’t wait to see how this growing season unfolds.

Until next time—- Audra