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How fast they smartened up! Fine wine sales decline sharply for 2013 Chinese festival

How fast they smartened up! Fine wine sales decline sharply for 2013 Chinese festival | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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And they're gonna get even smarter. Trust me. Next stop: Chinese wine grown and made there. In wine-world changing quanities, folks. 

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Bordeaux wines enjoy off-trade boom - The Drinks Business

Bordeaux wines enjoy off-trade boom - The Drinks Business | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Drinks Business Bordeaux wines enjoy off-trade boom The Drinks Business The latest report from the Mid-Year IRI Market Update, to 30 June 2014, shows sales of Bordeaux through the convenience sector rose by an “exceptional” 41%, and in...
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Retailers in the U. S. love this stuff.

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Is That MegaPurple, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Is That MegaPurple, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There is one important way that wine is like food—the cheaper it is, the more manipulated it is. But that’s the way we like it. Americans don’t like surprises. This explains 9-11. And condoms.
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Hosemaster does it again.

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Quinta do Noval: declaration of the 2012 Vintage Port & launch of the 2004 Vintage Nacional | Christian Seely’s Blog

Quinta do Noval: declaration of the 2012 Vintage Port & launch of the 2004 Vintage Nacional | Christian Seely’s Blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Such a magnificent property. 

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Tweet from @y_akopov

Tweet from @y_akopov | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Crimean wine: can't decide if it tastes Ukrainian or Russian http://t.co/7dJCLnVkW9
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My sentiments exactly. 

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Wine’s radioactivity helps determine age

Wine’s radioactivity helps determine age | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I must be glowing.

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Secondhand booze shop opens in Tokyo

Secondhand booze shop opens in Tokyo | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Like Goodwill for booze. Nifty!

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Cider makes headway in US market

Cider makes headway in US market | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Cider rang up $261 million in US retail sales last year, an increase of 94% on the previous year.
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Love the real deal stuff. Mother's Milk. 

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The Roles of Soil, Climate, and Man: Google Video Hang out w Brice Jones, Emeritus Vineyards | Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

The Roles of Soil, Climate, and Man: Google Video Hang out w Brice Jones, Emeritus Vineyards | Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Cool. Just cool. 

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‘Red, red wine…without sulfites’: Chr. Hansen promises paradigm shift

‘Red, red wine…without sulfites’: Chr. Hansen promises paradigm shift | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Chr. Hansen claims its new wine culture is a ‘fantastic launch’ that will greatly increase the speed and predictability of malolactic fermentation and remove the need for producers to use sulfites as preservatives.
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Interesting. Love to hear more about exactly how they got there. 

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The Minimalistic Wine Label Approach: Are We Heading Toward Textless Labels?

The Minimalistic Wine Label Approach: Are We Heading Toward Textless Labels? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There’s been some chatter recently about Uproot Wines and its newly introduced color-coded labels that represent the wine’s flavor palette. See, e.g., Millennials Targeted with Color-Coded Labels. The colored boxes on the true front label of the wine features what Uproot Wines declares is a flavor palette, or a profile of what the wine in the bottle tastes like. For example, its 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon features a label with colored boxes in shades of raspberry, mustard yellow, burgundy, grape, and brown.
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Personally, I love the idea. Words can be so inadequate about wine. Pictures! Colors. Yay!

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Napa County meeting Tuesday to weigh winery impacts

Napa County meeting Tuesday to weigh winery impacts | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Napa Valley wine industry has become increasingly reliant on a direct-to-consumer sales model, which requires bringing customers into winery tasting rooms to drink the wines — and drink in
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DTC. Incoming at high speed.

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Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say

Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Unwinding in the pub on a Friday night could be wrecking your health - just four glasses of wine is enough to cause lasting damage, scientist have found.
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Please explain why I am still alive. 

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Russia gets taste for sparkling wines

Russia gets taste for sparkling wines | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Actually, the widow Clicquot did this in the 18th century. 

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Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog » Beaujolais: The Greatest Secret in Wine

Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog » Beaujolais: The Greatest Secret in Wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that's distributed to newspapers across the country. ... Today, a case of wine from Domaine Diochon, a top producer in Moulin à Vent, costs around $250.
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Oh yes. 

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Weeds and your smart phone offer clues to what’s underfoot in your vineyard | Grapes content from Western Farm Press

Weeds and your smart phone offer clues to what’s underfoot in your vineyard | Grapes content from Western Farm Press | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Take a lesson from geochemical botanists. By reading the types of plants growing in an area, they can determine various soil issues that may be hindering production and quality of your grape crop.
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Such a cool way to think about dirt and vines.

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A nose for crime: counterfeit wines (by Jancis Robinson)

A nose for crime: counterfeit wines (by Jancis Robinson) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
When she wanted hands-on winemaking experience, Maureen Downey chose South Africa. “I went there so I could go swimming with sharks,” she told me when she was in London recently. Some might say she has spent the past few years swimming with the

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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My good friend Maureen Downey rocks, bravely so these days. Right on, Mo. Go get em.

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Re-introducing polugar, 'the father of vodka'

Re-introducing polugar, 'the father of vodka' | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
According to Alexey Rodionov, in Russia, before there was vodka as we now know it, there was polugar - and now it's back....
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First, pulque, the father of tequila, and don't go there. Now Polugar, the father of vodka. Hmmmm. 

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Vodka bust at Phoenix Nights hotel

Vodka bust at Phoenix Nights hotel | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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And what is this "fake" vodka made of? 

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French workers face ban on wine at work

French workers face ban on wine at work | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
French workers can for the first time be forbidden from drinking wine in the workplace by their employers after an historic labour ministry ruling.
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SERIOUSLY? SERIOUSLY?

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Violent hail in the vineyards – a report from Volnay…

Violent hail in the vineyards – a report from Volnay… | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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The best, most moving piece about this 3rd disastrous year in Burgundy. Emotional. 

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Napa forum MW asks ‘is wine still cool?’

Napa forum MW asks ‘is wine still cool?’ | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Good question. Kinda. 

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Discover the best French wine you've (probably) never heard of

Discover the best French wine you've (probably) never heard of | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Sometimes it pays to step off of wine's well-traveled routes. Wall Street Journal wine columnist Will Lyons on why France's Jura region is worth the trip.
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Jura. Mmm. 

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Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair | Wine News & Features

Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair. From sleeping in vineyards to having his grapes rejected by Robert Mondavi, Christian Moueix's life hasn't always run smoothly.
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Fantastic piece. Must read.

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Buckfast owners announce controversial drink to be sold in cans

Buckfast owners announce controversial drink to be sold in cans | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
They said the 25cl cans will attract consumers over the summer holidays and also help the Scottish Government’s alcohol policy.
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Tonic Wine. A drink only a Scot could love, but God love them for coming up with it. 

I love the whole concept of "Controversial Drink". 

Seriously? 

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Beavers build a foothold in Napa waters

Beavers build a foothold in Napa waters | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In south Napa, the lands east of Soscol Avenue have been home to two kinds of construction in recent months. One is the hard-to-miss work of humans, the other the
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Stop the presses! Alert the media! There be beavers in Napa! 

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