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Lessons for the Wine Industry By Way of Bad Filmmakers - Fermentation

Lessons for the Wine Industry By Way of Bad Filmmakers - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
If you are reading this and you work in the wine industry, then you understand what I mean when I say that we know how lucky we are. If you are reading thi
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I'm Warky this week, aren't I? 

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Bordeaux Grape Damage Squeezing Top-Rated French Vintners

Bordeaux Grape Damage Squeezing Top-Rated French Vintners | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Even with the smallest grape harvest since 1991 in Bordeaux, France’s biggest wine-exporting region, producers of the most-prestigious bottles will see prices fall as buyers shift to cheaper alternatives.
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Ouch. Double Ouch. 

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What About Paying People With Booze? - Fermentation

What About Paying People With Booze? - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
"I think I can speak for the group and say that if they didn't give us beers then we wouldn't come. ... We need alcohol to function." So says, Frank, a Dut
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Oh man. I love this idea. Drunk groundskeepers. An idea for the ages.

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Music Exec and Burgundy Star Collaborating on Oregon Pinot Noir | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Music Exec and Burgundy Star Collaborating on Oregon Pinot Noir | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
California music executive Jay Boberg and Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet have announced their formation of a partnership, the latest in a string of high-profile international winemaking collaborations to...
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Oh boy. Looks cool. 

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Château Suduiraut in China: when wine meets art | Christian Seely’s Blog

Château Suduiraut in China: when wine meets art | Christian Seely’s Blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I can almost taste it with some amazing Chinese cuisine. 

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What’s in a name? For wine, a lot

What’s in a name? For wine, a lot | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There is a lot of geography involved in the enjoyment of wine. Even those with little background in the beverage tend to express preferences, such as liking Australian wine.
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Ah Canada. Way too much time on their hands.

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2013 DWCC Summary: Vineyards and Volcanoes

2013 DWCC Summary: Vineyards and Volcanoes | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Vineyards and Volcanoes: This post provides basic information on how volcanoes are beneficial for grapes and winemaking in regions such as Sicily (Italy).
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From the always interesting Academic Wino. 

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Bordeaux 2003 first growths - FT.com

Bordeaux 2003 first growths - FT.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Longstanding FT readers will remember the noble tradition instituted by my predecessor, Edmund Penning-Rowsell: an annual tasting of all eight Bordeaux first growths and equivalents at 10 years old, the age at which they have traditionally been...
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Remember this vintage? Palm Springs hot. 10 years passes quickly, dear readers. 

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Tullamore Dew Short Should Be Envy of Other Booze Ads

Tullamore Dew Short Should Be Envy of Other Booze Ads | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey's beautiful story, well told makes it a standout from the hard liquor advertising pack
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I love this ad. If you drink, you feel it, If you don't, you almost wish you did. 

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Loire 2013 harvest 'difficult and complicated' | decanter.com

Loire 2013 harvest 'difficult and complicated' | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Many producers in the Loire will be crossing their fingers for next year after a ‘difficult and complicated’ 2013 harvest, but there could still be some attractive wines.
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France this year: Annus Horribilus. Mostly. 

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When Women Were Burned as Witches for Making Whiskey | Serious Eats: Drinks

When Women Were Burned as Witches for Making Whiskey | Serious Eats: Drinks | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
[Image: Wikimedia Commons] At one point in booze history, it turns out that Ladies' Night meant burning witches at the stake rather than not having to pay a cover charge. Between 1500 and 1660, European governments executed between 50,000...
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Smokin' hot isn't always what you want to be. 

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Forget Pinots. Have You Tried a Maharashtra Merlot?

Forget Pinots. Have You Tried a Maharashtra Merlot? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe.
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Yep. On deck...Maharashtra Merlot. 

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Jacques Lardière's Oregon Adventure | Wine News & Features

Jacques Lardière's Oregon Adventure | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Jacques Lardière's Oregon Adventure. We got a feeling for the place. And we said, 'Yes. Bingo.'
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Bingo. 

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A Small Thought on Sexism in the Wine Business

A Small Thought on Sexism in the Wine Business | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Sexist and Sexualized Labels and Brands Many wineries feed off sexualized female stereotypes and produce labels that are meant to create sales through shock value. A few bottles that immediately come...
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A dense little piece, but then again, so is the subject. Which, up until VERY recently, never crossed people's minds. 

Life's a Bitch and then you drink. 

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Wine Cellar, Well Aged, Is Revealed in Israel

Wine Cellar, Well Aged, Is Revealed in Israel | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Where rulers of a Middle Bronze Age city-state once feasted, researchers have found one of civilization’s oldest and largest wine cellars.
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Middle Bronze age cork dorks. Or should I say Amphorae dorks.

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Moët & Chandon Finally Introduces Champagne Vending Machine

Moët & Chandon Finally Introduces Champagne Vending Machine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Tiny bubbles on demand.
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Just the thing for Christmas!

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Jefford on Monday: Nutt Slammer, Anyone? | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: Nutt Slammer, Anyone? | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
I am not a Trekkie, but I respect scholarship, so apologies to any wine-loving Star Trek fans who consider the following detail elementary.
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There will be some splashback on this one, Andrew. Promise. 

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Fake wine: ‘we are scratching the surface’

Fake wine: ‘we are scratching the surface’ | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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From my good friend and colleague Maureen Downey. I would not want to be a questionable bottle under her microscope. 

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French champagne group Moet launches 'made in India' bubbly

French champagne group Moet launches 'made in India' bubbly | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The world's biggest champagne house, Moet Hennessy, has launched its first "made in India" sparkling wine as it seeks to capture a young, urban and increasingly sophisticated market of drinkers on the subcontinent.
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Didn't know they made sparkling wine in India? South America? 

Chandon has huge facilities and vineyard sources in both countries. 

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The Must Wine Bar Returns to Downtown

The Must Wine Bar Returns to Downtown | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In 2010, a strange property dispute led to the abrupt closing of popular Historic Core wine bar The Must.
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Ah. Blindfolded wine dinners. A concept for the ages. 

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Here's One Thing We Never Thought Would Be A Canned Good

Here's One Thing We Never Thought Would Be A Canned Good | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A new company selling wine in a can is counting on millennials to keep their product from falling into the same graveyard as Zima and Miller Clear Beer. It's called Friends Fun Wine in a Can.
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Alternative packaging. Please. More.

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Well...if a little is good is a lot a whole bunch better? Hyperselection: is it a good thing? — jamie goode's wine blog

Well...if a little is good is a lot a whole bunch better? Hyperselection: is it a good thing? — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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They are really drilling down into it here. 


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Gin makes waves in Vancouver

Gin makes waves in Vancouver | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The artisanal gin renaissance has officially arrived in Vancouver with the formation of the city's first Gin Society.
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The next spirit wave has landed. 

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In Serbia judging wine

In Serbia judging wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
I’m in Serbia. It is my first time here, and I’ve come to act as a judge in the Serbian wine awards competition Great Serbian Wine Tasting 2013, which is organized by online magazine www.vino.rs and Vino & Fino magazine.
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Jamie is soo cool. 

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Don’t mix social media and alcohol

Don’t mix social media and alcohol | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
An infographic from Addvocate demonstrates what might happen if you find yourself posting to your accounts while knocking back a few.
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#drunktweets will come back to bite you. 

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