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BORDEAUX: An Iconic Region Battles to Sustain Market Share - Part 1

BORDEAUX: An Iconic Region Battles to Sustain Market Share - Part 1 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Industry News for Jan 21, 2014
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Great read. From a truly fine wine mind, and ultimate class act Roger Bohmrich MW.

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Vinography Images: Vines and Sky

Vinography Images: Vines and Sky | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Vinography Images: Vines and Sky. Vines and Sky Rows of sprawling vines find an echo in the puffy clouds above the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County, Californa. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting
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Alder Yarrow is an Icon, but so is Andy Katz. His son Winemaker Jesse Katz is no slouch either. Something so joyous about Andy's images. 

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En primeurs tasting 2013 Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog

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Love Seely. Pitching the vintage from Hell like the boss he is. Dynamite. 

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2013 primeurs: the Right Bank

2013 primeurs: the Right Bank | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Cool. 

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Elliot's Blog: 378,000 Kilometer Sake Tasting Tour | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos

Elliot's Blog: 378,000 Kilometer Sake Tasting Tour | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Blog Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine Videos from JamesSuckling.com.
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Sake. Yet another reason Japan is at the top of anyone's coolness list.

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Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Some wineries are famous. Some are infamous. And some are legendary. Château Rayas sits comfortably between the latter two: equally enigmatic and revered. People don't speak of visiting the place as much as making a pilgrimage, and the stories of such visits often take on an air of the fantastic as well as the absurd. The reclusive and eccentric owner from 1978 to 1997, Jacques Reynaud, on various occasions would hide from visitors, or simply walk them around for a while and bid them adieu without offering them a drop of wine to taste. When Reynaud left the estate...
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Fantastic piece on this iconic property.

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California Grapevines Budding Out

California Grapevines Budding Out | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
 
Several grapegrowing regions in California's North Coast report that 2014 bud break has arrived two to three weeks earlier than normal. Photo: Sonoma County Winegrowers

San Rafael, Calif.—The warmest winter on record is officially over, and a potentially long, dry growing season has begun. How is the weird weather affecting California vineyards?
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"...The best strategy is to go to church and keep the plants healthy..."

Amen, brother. 

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Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm

Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A man holds his glass of glimmering red liquid up to the light, then swirls it, sniffs it, looks at it askance as he swishes the wine around in his mouth and puckers his lips. It's an almost comic pre
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I love this man. Brilliant, funny. Genius. 

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Wine.com Hires Wilfred Wong to Expand Research, Grow Social Media, and Make Wine More Accessible

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Well now. Good on him. Yay.

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The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Fermentation

The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
When bribes are described as "the process" and when lawmakers admit they are happily in the pockets of alcohol wholesalers, it's clear it's time to change
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About time. Long overdue. Please.

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Champagne Everyday: 23 The real Cobb Salad is like Champagne

Champagne Everyday: 23 The real Cobb Salad is like Champagne | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A great piece from my friend, mentor and colleague, Madeleine de Jean. 

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Texas distillery pioneers black-eyed pea vodka

Texas distillery pioneers black-eyed pea vodka | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Does it go with Piccalilly and Hoppin' John? 

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Larry Leigon's curator insight, March 11, 12:23 PM

OK, so this is weird. I'm from Texas and I am, as anyone can tell you, at one with Black-eyed peas. But Vodka? Does the world need a Texas Vodka? And they say all the trends start in California…...

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Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message

Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Ahead of next week's UK Budget, Chris Losh bemoans the fiscal pressures placed on the drinks industry. Could we not trumpet our good sides, he asks?
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I'm moderately enthusiastic about this. 

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Video: Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Throwback

Video: Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Throwback | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Business Blog
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There isn't a woman out there reading this that doesn't have a mad crush on Paso Man. 

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French vineyard robot has a vine time in Oregon wine country

French vineyard robot has a vine time in Oregon wine country | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The demonstration comes ahead of the two-day Precision Farming Expo in McMinnville, touting agricultural uses for pilotless drones, smart irrigation systems and other innovations seen by some as integral to the future of Oregon farming.
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This scenario is going to become the standard going forward for many vineyards.

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Paper wine bottle to go on sale in US

Paper wine bottle to go on sale in US | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Yes. Count me in. 

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En primeurs tasting 2013 Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog

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I love Seely,  pitching difficult vintages like a boss. 

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Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag | Wine News & Features

Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag. Robert Parker is broadening his outlook with a new magazine. Read the latest wine news & features on wine-searcher
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He needs a new photographer. And Hairstylist. 

Seriously. NOW.

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Wine dreams 101

Wine dreams 101 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Alan Baker, Sonoma State University, Anisya Fritz, Cartograph Wines, Chigazola Merchants
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Painfully true. But a good piece.

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On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions — jamie goode's wine blog

On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions. Jamie Goode on BBC1's Rip Off Britain
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Such a great glimpse into a really rather sordid end of the wine business. And as is the case with many industries, the customer is left holding the bag. 

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Video of the Day: Garagiste Fest

Video of the Day: Garagiste Fest | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Business Blog
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I love Paso. Wrote a book to prove it. 

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BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement

BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement

CONCORD, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) - Ultimate neighborhood specialty beverage retailer
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This smells fishy. Just sayin'.

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Burgundy tasting at COPN 2014

Burgundy tasting at COPN 2014 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The grand Burgundy tasting at the 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration
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Ahem. 

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Giles MacDonogh - Wine & Food Diary

Giles MacDonogh - Wine & Food Diary | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Giles MacDonough. A very rare gentleman indeed. His Wine and Food Diary is readable art. And a lovely barometer to set the fineness of our lives by. 

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American Craft Distillers Association appoints board

American Craft Distillers Association appoints board | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Watch for more of these boards, at a regional level. 

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Wine consumption in India to rise by 73%

Wine consumption in India to rise by 73% | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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China Schmina. Watch out for India.

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