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French PM puts fine wines up for auction

French PM puts fine wines up for auction | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Aw. Somehow pathetic that we all did this years ago, and they are only now realizing the slight "we better sell some of this for cash" problem. 

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Bordeaux centre to be "whole wine universe"

Bordeaux centre to be "whole wine universe" | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Bordeaux's planned EUR63m (US$86m) "wine city" will mark the first time "the whole wine universe will be housed under roof", according to the project's president.
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I'm just saying that the building looks a bit Freudian or Jungian or something. 

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How Does Wine Affect My Esophagus? Insights On Marketing In China

How Does Wine Affect My Esophagus? Insights On Marketing In China | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Marketing wine in China is a challenge, but increases in education and mobile purchases indicate demand. Some exporters attract wine consumers by speaking the language of tea.
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Ahem. It does. 

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Restaurant Sciences: Family Dining and Quick Service Wine Sales Soar Despite Overall Softness in On-Premise Sales

Restaurant Sciences: Family Dining and Quick Service Wine Sales Soar Despite Overall Softness in On-Premise Sales | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Restaurant Sciences LLC, an independent firm that closely tracks food and beverage product sales throughout the foodservice industry in North America, today reported that the sales of on-premise wine fell ...
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Wish more people would track these channel distinctions when they launch new wines. 

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Culinary Wine & Food Matching: The Musashi way of wine (and surprising Asian food/wine matches)

Culinary Wine & Food Matching: The Musashi way of wine (and surprising Asian food/wine matches) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A must read for foodie winos. Please take a few minutes. Caparoso Rocks. 

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Bazzinng. Around the world in 80 drinks

Bazzinng. Around the world in 80 drinks | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
So we were having a great time in Balsam and thought we'd take a sleeper train over to Almdudler - but then things got pretty messy in Becherovka...
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Well, not all at once.

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With $30 million about to hit city, a bootlegging crackdown in Barrow | State of Intoxication | ADN.com

With $30 million about to hit city, a bootlegging crackdown in Barrow | State of Intoxication | ADN.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Beginning Wednesday, more than $30 million in cash deposits and checks will flood this North Slope community of 4,300. With the nearest liquor store 300 miles away, bootleggers and drug dealers prepare for this week in particular.
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We. Are. Still. Talking. About. Bootlegging. Good heavens. 

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book review – the new california wine - Paul Gregutt

book review – the new california wine - Paul Gregutt | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine books – like cookbooks – seem to flow endlessly from publishers' pumps. ... But rare indeed is the wine book that breaks new ground or covers its topics with vivid detail and engaging prose. ...
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Next up for our crowded shelves...

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Strategy? Why do we need that?

Strategy?  Why do we need that? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
I went to a wine event today in New York for the Bordeaux wine region.  While there, I asked the representative of one of the wineries, “What’s your strategy for the U.S.?”  She responded, “Strateg...
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A fantastic read, and I hope some winepeeps see it. And do something. 

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Napa Winemaker Peter Mondavi Turns 99 | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Napa Winemaker Peter Mondavi Turns 99 | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Peter Mondavi Sr. is one year away from a perfect score. As the 99-year-young patriarch of the family approaches the centennial mark, he finds his Charles Krug Winery making its best wines in decades.
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This story is worth reading on a historical level alone. 

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B.C. Researchers Test New Polyphenol Analysis

B.C. Researchers Test New Polyphenol Analysis | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
 
Researchers in British Columbia have announced they’ve developed a quick method to provide a polyphenol fingerprint of wines.
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Your juice can run but it can't hide.  Good news here. 

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Hey MW Students! Slip this into your next paper...Additive may make wine fine for a longer time | Penn State University

Hey MW Students! Slip this into your next paper...Additive may make wine fine for a longer time | Penn State University | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
An additive may help curb a chemical reaction that causes wine to look, smell and taste funky, according to food scientists.
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And don't forget the critical examples. 

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Guide to Wine Bottle Sizes | Wine Folly

Guide to Wine Bottle Sizes | Wine Folly | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
See an accurate picture wine bottle sizes for still wines and learn the proper terms for the most common wine bottle sizes.
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Once a year or so, I put this out for all of you Jeraboamistas. Wait. Nebudchanezzites? Balthazarians? 

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Nightclub owner fined over fake vodka

Nightclub owner fined over fake vodka | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Yup. Fake Vodka. Sounds like a conspiracy to me too. 

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Pour the Port, Hold the Stodginess

Pour the Port, Hold the Stodginess | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
You’re not alone if you think port is only an after-dinner drink, but you’re wrong.
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Come on. Buy a wheel of Stilton and have a party for heaven's sake. 

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Why John Kerry Wants You to Drink Moldovan Wine

Why John Kerry Wants You to Drink Moldovan Wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo John Kerry was in Moldova today, among other reasons to promote its wine. As the first U.S.
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Well. Make up your own mind. About Moldova and the rest. 

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Groups reach agreement on managing Paso Robles groundwater basin | Local News | SanLuisObispo.com

Groups reach agreement on managing Paso Robles groundwater basin | Local News | SanLuisObispo.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Two North County groups working to stabilize the Paso Robles groundwater basin have reached an agreement on a proposed water district to manage the water resource.
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Please notice the difference in color between the foreground and background of this photo. This scenario is going to be played out all over California's wine country. The big issue going forward for wineries: not alternative packaging, not commerce regulation, not brand management. It is WATER. 

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Santa! Dude! La Tache ’90 Vies With Cheval Blanc ’47 at Sotheby’s Sale

Santa! Dude! La Tache ’90 Vies With Cheval Blanc ’47 at Sotheby’s Sale | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A case of La Tache 1990 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Burgundy goes on sale at a Sotheby’s London auction next month along with historic Bordeaux wines, including a single bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 from Saint-Emilion.
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He's makin' a list...checkin' it twice. Gonna find out if you're naughty or nice..

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Jancis Robinson Sees Growing Importance of Organic Wine

Jancis Robinson Sees Growing Importance of Organic Wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Jancis Robinson writes that while preparing the seventh edition of the World Atlas of Wine, she and her co-author Hugh Johnson disagreed over the growing importance of organic wine.
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A viinous clash of the titans.

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IOWA. It's not just for Primaries anymore. From vine to wine

IOWA. It's not just for Primaries anymore. From vine to wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
It mostly just sounded like a good fit and some good fun when Paul and Jean Groben decided to plant 10 acres of wine grapes on their 100 acres near Newton.
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MOG patrol in Iowa. 

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Wine & Spirits Magazine - Best Spirits of 2013

Wine & Spirits Magazine - Best Spirits of 2013 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Some interesting spirits here.

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Biodynamic winemaker prosecuted for not treating vines with insecticide | decanter.com

Biodynamic winemaker prosecuted for not treating vines with insecticide | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Emmanuel Giboulot, a biodynamic winemaker in Beaune, has been threatened with a €30,000 fine and six months in prison for not treating his vines against the flavesence dorée disease.
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Three sides to every story: "Yours, theirs and the truth. And no one is Lying." Robert Evans.

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Glenfarclas to release 25 YO quarter-cask

Glenfarclas to release 25 YO quarter-cask | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A quarter cask of Scotch. Just the thing for the harried husband this Christmas. 

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Vintage Photos: Drinking Wine in the 1950s | Wine Folly

Vintage Photos: Drinking Wine in the 1950s | Wine Folly | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
What did we used to drink in the 1950s? Check out these vintage photos that help define what was popular in the 1950s and early 1960s.
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Elke Sommer. and Jugs, too!

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Douro - table wine v port

Douro - table wine v port | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
See Douro tasting notes in Douro for dummies.  
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Jancis. No more needs to be said. 

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