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Wines of The Times

Wines of The Times | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Lambrusco, oversold in the 1970s and ’80s, has felt its share of disdain. But this dry, bubbly, refreshing red is a perfect warm-weather wine.
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The Truffle Oil Shuffle

The Truffle Oil Shuffle | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Truffles are the world's most expensive food. Truffle oil sells for around $10 a bottle. For years, both received rock star treatment in the culinary world.
 
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When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine

When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it

 

 
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5 surprising ingredients in your favorite beer

5 surprising ingredients in your favorite beer | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
How about a tall, cold glass of fish guts? It hardly sounds appetizing, but it may be what some of us are sipping when we reach for a beer.
 
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Court: VQA cannot revoke its wine designation

Court: VQA cannot revoke its wine designation | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Once a VQA wine, always a VQA wine.
 
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B.C.'s Slowly Changing Liquor Laws | BC Business

B.C.'s Slowly Changing Liquor Laws | BC Business | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Changes are coming to the province’s liquor laws, and the first among them could be alcohol at farmers markets. But this new era of booze in B.C. is at the mercy of the government’s slowly grinding gears
 
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How to Buy a Bordeaux Château | Wine News & Features

How to Buy a Bordeaux Château | Wine News & Features | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
How to Buy a Bordeaux Château. Increasing numbers of Bordeaux Châteaux are being sold to Asian buyers. Janice Furhman reports on the trend.
 
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Booze rules relaxed for farmers' markets, pubs, foodie fests

Booze rules relaxed for farmers' markets, pubs, foodie fests | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
A new batch of B.C. Liquor Policy Review changes went into effect Saturday, allowing vendors at local seasonal markets to sell made-in-B.C. wines, spirits and beer and permitting liquor-primary establishments to admit minors.
 
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Gross Margins: Breaking Down the Price of a Bottle of Wine

Gross Margins: Breaking Down the Price of a Bottle of Wine | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Gross Margins: Breaking Down the Price of a Bottle of Wine. Best Bordeaux or bargain basement? Tyler Colman explains how wine prices are worked out.
 
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Larry Leigon's curator insight, June 20, 3:19 PM

Pricing is the most esoteric thing about wine---the mystery of fermentation not withstanding. Methods range from statistical approaches to wild guesses by people who have no idea about pricing or pretty much anything else in the wine business. Pricing is also the second most important factor people use to decide whether to buy a wine or not…..the first? The label.

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Does booze beat the Dow?

Does booze beat the Dow? | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
An investment with intoxicating potential: auction prices jump for rare single-malt scotches.

 

 
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Larry Leigon's curator insight, June 20, 3:44 PM

I started a wine investor service because the Investors in the wine and/or spirits business almost always lose their shirts--metaphorically speaking of course. Most of them have very nice non metaphorical shirts.

 

But every time an investor gives up, the wine industry is a little bit worse for the experience. Not to mention the talent and jobs that get wasted. So whenever I work with an investor, I make sure they avoid the traps that kill other investors.

 

Investors trading in highly regulated markets are usually shocked by how little hard information there is about wine compared to say pork bellies or AT&T stock.That's why you need me or somebody like me who knows the numbers from wineries that others can't get, and knows at least the key personalties.

 

But most don't even know the current market conditions, e.g.. right now the Rare Whiskey market is soaring and the old standby Bordeaux wines are struggling. Or the fundamentals---Do you know how to tell if the vine clone matches the soil type in a way that increases your cash, or profits, or net worth depending on your goal? And those are only a couple of examples.

 

Among other things, the average return for a winery in the US in 6.9%---not very glamorous. So you'd better find the ones with Warren Buffet like fundamentals and repeatable profits.

 

A banker friend of mine told me not long ago that 90% of the wineries his bank had loaned money to were out of covenant--their loans could be declared bad loans and the wineries closed down. Or forced to suck so much cash out of their business, that they have no chance to succeed, displacing families and hurting all of us.

 

As an investor, you don't want to be the one that comes in to prop up a losing situation, and end up losing 95 cents of every dollar you invested. 

 

I have a short ebook/soft cover "The Professional's Guide to Investing in Wine" (working title) coming very soon. If you'd like to get on the mailing list I will notify you when it's ready for download and offer you a special introductory price. Just email me at larryleigon@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Hey, we make whisky, too! Americans quaffing more Canadian-distilled premium spirits

Hey, we make whisky, too! Americans quaffing more Canadian-distilled premium spirits | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
The brown spirits revolution has spread to the Great White North. As in the United States, where premium bourbons have been making a splash, Canadian producers are raising the bar now, too
 
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Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey

Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
London-based liquor conglomerate Diageo PLC opened a heated legislative fight earlier this year seeking to overturn the state's newly established legal definition for Tennessee whiskey that has been championed by Jack Daniel's, which is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp. Among the new rules are requirements that whiskey must be aged in new, charred oak barrels in Tennessee and filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging. State lawmakers this summer are expected to return to the struggle of crafting the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey, whose history and lore is entwined in the state's identity as much as lobsters in Maine and crab cakes in Maryland. The fight over labels on whiskey bottles comes amid a global drive to seek labeling protections by a smorgasbord of regional foods such as cheeses, hams and wines. While the U.S. has resisted claims to items like parmesan and feta cheeses by their Italian and Greek countries of origin, wine makers have succeeded in introducing standards for products labeled for regions such as California's Napa Valley. "In America, everything is up in the air and new traditions are invented all the time," said Ken Albala, a history professor and director of food studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. [...] I think we're edging toward some sort of appellation system here, and whiskey would make perfect sense.
 
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Unique Terroir of the Okanagan's Golden Mile Produces Distinctive Wines - Okanagan Life Magazine

Unique Terroir of the Okanagan's Golden Mile Produces Distinctive Wines - Okanagan Life Magazine | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Golden Mile Bench one step closer to become Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA “Designated Viticultural Area” of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food …
 
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The Similkameen Valley: The new frontier - Macleans.ca

The Similkameen Valley: The new frontier - Macleans.ca | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Small wineries are capitalizing on unique microclimates in B.C., making complex, interesting wines distinct from the Okanagan
 
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Are Wine Enthusiasts Destroying The Sommelier? - VinePair

Are Wine Enthusiasts Destroying The Sommelier? - VinePair | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
More people are getting certified as sommeliers than ever before, but is that good for the wine world, and do these people know the true role of the somm?
 
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Anthony Bourdain’s Theory on the Foodie Revolution

Anthony Bourdain’s Theory on the Foodie Revolution | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
The bad boy chef and author weighs in on Americans’ late-arrival to the glorious delights of food culture
 
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10 of the world’s best jobs in wine

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B.C.'s Slowly Changing Liquor Laws | BC Business

B.C.'s Slowly Changing Liquor Laws | BC Business | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Changes are coming to the province’s liquor laws, and the first among them could be alcohol at farmers markets. But this new era of booze in B.C. is at the mercy of the government’s slowly grinding gears
 
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Family Wineries More Likely to Be Environmentally Sustainable Too

Family Wineries More Likely to Be Environmentally Sustainable Too | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Family owners who intend to pass down their businesses to the next generation are more likely to invest in sustainable practices than non-family business owners, according to a study published in Family Business Review....
 
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Constellation Segmentation Study Outlines Motivations, Behaviors of Today's Wine Consumers

Constellation Segmentation Study Outlines Motivations, Behaviors of Today's Wine Consumers | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Wine Industry News for Jun 23, 2014
 
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Arrivederci Fake Products! Italy Launches DNA Profiling Of Wine

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BCLocalNews.com - Okanagan Wineries top Lieutenant Governor's list

BCLocalNews.com - Okanagan Wineries top Lieutenant Governor's list | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
The Lieutenant Governor of B.C. is going to have a busy itinerary when she makes her annual pilgrimage to the South Okanagan in July.
 
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PUNCH | How Bubbly Should Champagne Be?

PUNCH | How Bubbly Should Champagne Be? | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Champagne’s defining element is undoubtedly its effervescence. After all, what is champagne without bubbles? Not champagne. Historically, Champagne ha
 
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Hundreds of US winery owners 'considering sale', say analysts | decanter.com

Hundreds of US winery owners 'considering sale', say analysts | decanter.com | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
Survey results suggest hundreds of winery owners across California, Oregon and Washington are strongly considering selling their properties, say analysts with Silicon Valley Bank.
 
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Modern consumer increasingly obsessive

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Sandra Oldfield: The Twitter queen - Macleans.ca

Sandra Oldfield: The Twitter queen - Macleans.ca | In The Glass Wine and Spirits News | Scoop.it
The Tinhorn Creek CEO is also its blogger, its winemaker–and a scrapper
 
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