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Paying Attention to Mobile

Paying Attention to Mobile | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Business Blog
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Pay SERIOUS attention to mobile wine sales. Seriously.

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The Wine Organizing Principle: First Varietal, Then Terroir - Fermentation

The Wine Organizing Principle: First Varietal, Then Terroir - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
If a Sonoma Pinot Noir tastes much more like a Burgundy Pinot Noir than it does a Sonoma County Zinfandel, isn't this a very strong argument for making var
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Wark for the opposition. Two pieces here a must read. 

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Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook

Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
France cut its outlook for wine production for a fourth time after botrytis rot due to wet weather caused grape losses in Bordeaux and Burgundy, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms.
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Sometimes rot isn't noble at all. 

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The Gray Report: ZAP gets smaller, with half as many people hopefully half as drunk

The Gray Report: ZAP gets smaller, with half as many people hopefully half as drunk | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Seriously: we all need to see a lot less people at trade and consumer events wandering around half in the bag. And half out. 

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Wine sales reps, want to simplify? - Wine Blog

Wine sales reps, want to simplify? - Wine Blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine sales reps, want to simplify?
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Please listen. Please. 

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Sake made in B.C. from rice field to bottle

Sake made in B.C. from rice field to bottle | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Granville Island sake maker harvested his third rice crop from an Abbotsford field over Thanksgiving, gathering almost three tons of sake rice that he’ll turn into 5,000 bottles of the traditional Japanese beverage.
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How China Became the Wine World’s Most Unlikely Superpower

How China Became the Wine World’s Most Unlikely Superpower | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Don't worry, this doesn't mean China wants to drink all your wine

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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It isn't an accident at all. Not even. They've been at it a while. 

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London for wine lovers (Travel tips)

London for wine lovers (Travel tips) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
29 Oct 2013 I have added a few more recent recommendations below, spurred on by the enthusiasm of Purple Pager Thomas De Waen and others for the new Sager & Wilde wine bar in east London.
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Can't wait. 

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Bordeaux Halloween Tricks: Poisoned Vines and Stolen Grapes - Wine Spectator

Bordeaux Halloween Tricks: Poisoned Vines and Stolen Grapes - Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Bordeaux Halloween Tricks: Poisoned Vines and Stolen Grapes Wine Spectator Indeed, it is technically illegal to burn anything other than pruned shoots in the winter on the Bordeaux properties, a rule that has something to do with how setting fires...
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Sheesh. They are past the TP thing. 

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Errazuriz shows that less is more

Errazuriz shows that less is more | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Errazuriz chief winemaker Francisco Baettig has explained how working alongside a big name from Burgundy has helped his mission to make “less ambitious Pinot Noir”.
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Less ambitious Pinot. It cooperates regularly. 

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Italy’s Wine Woes

Italy’s Wine Woes | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine-drinking in Italy, one of the world’s biggest producers, is hitting record lows, forcing many vintners to seek buyers abroad.
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Well, at least they can eat well in their great clothes while viewing some of the most beautiful vineyard locations on the planet, while the are woeful. 


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The phantom global wine shortage

The phantom global wine shortage | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
I know the media pounced on a recent report from Morgan Stanley claiming there is a global shortage of wine but no one should worry.
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A shorter read, but just as true.

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U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says

U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Industry News for Oct 30, 2013
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Careful. You may get what you wish for. 

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Frescobaldi Projects U.S. Growth, Intros Gorgona Wine | Shanken News Daily

Frescobaldi Projects U.S. Growth, Intros Gorgona Wine | Shanken News Daily | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi predicts 10% U.S. growth in 2013, introduces Gorgona white wine.
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Ah. A new luxury Wine made by Italian prison inmates. Only in Italy. Seriously. 

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Vintner Molds Amphora-Making Business | Wine News & Features

Vintner Molds Amphora-Making Business | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Vintner Molds Amphora-Making Business. An Oregon winemaker gives new shape to the concept of handcrafted wine.
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Hey. I want one.

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Vice Index Predicts a Sober Holiday Season

Vice Index Predicts a Sober Holiday Season | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Looks like it's not going to be such a hot holiday season for liquor companies, casinos, and prostitutes, according to the latest reading of the Vice Index.
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I've been seeing this drop in luxury wine spending for months. Now some "predictions" from an office in New York. Swell. 

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Koshu: the poster child of Japanese wine?

Koshu: the poster child of Japanese wine? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I like it. 

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Jefford on Monday: Of Jellyfish and Guardsmen | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: Of Jellyfish and Guardsmen | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
What do we mean by 'a grape variety' or cultivar? Does its name on a label tell us about the taste of wine -- or about human longing for conceptual simplicity?
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Yes. We are.

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The Carnal, the Corporeal, the Somatic Indistinguishable from Each Other: Conversation w Abe Schoener

The Carnal, the Corporeal, the Somatic Indistinguishable from Each Other: Conversation w Abe Schoener | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Interpreting Doctor Schoener: A Video by CDSAvoia
Earlier this week I got an email from Miguel de la Torre.
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Arghh. With our feet. Up to our waists. Love this. 

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The apothic-alypse – the rise of sweet red wines

The apothic-alypse – the rise of sweet red wines | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There’s a new red wine that’s becoming a bit of a hit. But the wine writing fraternity are up in arms. It’s Apothic red, from California, and leading UK critic Tim Atkin has described it as ‘undrinkable’.
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Atkin hates 'em. A lot of other people don't. Make up your own mind. Please. 

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California Wine Summit - a guide (Free for all)

California Wine Summit - a guide (Free for all) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine press trips would like to be all things to all men and women. Wines of California tried something slightly different this October.
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And sometimes the best things really are free. 

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Terroir, Viticulture, Harvest in the Languedoc: Checking in with Jean-Claude Mas

Terroir, Viticulture, Harvest in the Languedoc: Checking in with Jean-Claude Mas | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Talking with Jean-Claude Mas
Earlier this week I was able to have a Skype interview with winemaker Jean-Claude Mas to check-in on how harvest turned out this year in the Languedoc.
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A very insightful view into a difficult year for France.


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Sonoma Valley nursery boosts grapevine output to 6 million – North Bay Business Journal - North San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties - Archive

Sonoma Valley nursery boosts grapevine output to 6 million – North Bay Business Journal - North San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties - Archive | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Tracy Cervellone CWE's insight:

Shortage? Huh? These aren't going to raisin production, folks. 

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Madeira October 2013 - When A Pro's Behind The Camera - MAD ABOUT MADEIRA

Madeira October 2013 - When A Pro's Behind The Camera - MAD ABOUT MADEIRA | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Madeira October 2013 - Photographic Impressions
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I'm showing my Madeira freak colors here. From the always cool Niklas Jorgensen. 

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Shop for wine lately? There’s no global wine shortage

Shop for wine lately? There’s no global wine shortage | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
As analysts have known since long before Henry Blodget was covering Amazon, the way to make a splash is to come out with a bold, headline-worthy thesis.
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Seriously. If you're in the wine business...we are waiting breathlessly for this "shortage".

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