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High-tech helps tradition to make Hungary's Tokaj wine | Reuters

High-tech helps tradition to make Hungary's Tokaj wine | Reuters | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
* Tokaj is place of tradition, but technology intrudes* System to predict disease may help harness noble rot* Memory of taste lingers forever, grapepicker saysBy Krisztina ThanTOKAJ, Hungary, Oct 29
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2013 Champagne harvest declared vintage quality

2013 Champagne harvest declared vintage quality | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Dodged a bullet in 2013.

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Kanpai! #Wine lover @Will_Lyons talks to @tengusake about the charms of #sake

Kanpai! #Wine lover @Will_Lyons talks to @tengusake about the charms of #sake | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Sake offers the oenophile a drink with a range of distinct flavors, a purity and smoothness not unlike premium vodka, and an uncanny ability to complement a variety of traditional European dishes.
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I want some. Now. Please. 

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Beyond Sauvignon - FT.com

Beyond Sauvignon - FT.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
No other wine-producing country is as dependent on a single grape as New Zealand is on Sauvignon Blanc.
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As close to a perfect short bit of wine writing as it gets. 

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China opens the largest château in Asia

China opens the largest château in Asia | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Gigantic.

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China is the world’s fastest growing wine market with consumption, production and imports increasing annually and the rest of the wine world ...

China is the world’s fastest growing wine market with consumption, production and imports increasing annually and the rest of the wine world ... | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
China is the world’s fastest growing wine market with consumption, production and imports increasing annually and the rest of the wine world ...
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Vinexpo Beijing 2014 cancelled. Yow. 

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The Future of Winemaking Is in High-Tech Robotics: Video

The Future of Winemaking Is in High-Tech Robotics: Video | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Stay up to date on the latest business news, stock market data and financial trends. Get personal finance advice from leading experts.
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Cool video. And a cool winery. 

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London Cru: welcome to London's first winery - Telegraph

London Cru: welcome to London's first winery - Telegraph | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Trucking in grapes from France may not sound like the best way to make wine. London Cru, a new venture in the capital, aims to prove otherwise.
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Yeah Baby! 

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Stephane Ogier: "2013 in Cote Rotie? It went crazy..."

Stephane Ogier: "2013 in Cote Rotie? It went crazy..." | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The harvest was completed at Stephane Ogier's estate whose Cote Rotie wines are world renowned including "La Belle Helene" and "Lancement". Stéphane answered three questions on this 2013 vintage.
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The takeaway: don't write off entire vintages for entire countries, please. Watch the Rhone in 2013 for longer lived wines that may very well outlast some riper, more cooperative years. 

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The EYE: California's Next Wine Wave

The EYE: California's Next Wine Wave | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Top wine experts uncover the new blue chips.
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Is anyone out there in my end of the business listening? Helloooo. 

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Fortified wines (by Jancis Robinson)

Fortified wines (by Jancis Robinson) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Last month, as part of the Masters of Wine’s 60th birthday celebrations, a very special tasting was organised of some of the most exciting wines I have ever encountered.

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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I wouldn't even mind being a fly in the glass, let alone on the wall...

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And for the defense: Louis Moreau: "We find it wholly unjust printing a photo of grapes showing 90% rot from an unknown vigneron"

And for the defense: Louis Moreau: "We find it wholly unjust printing a photo of grapes showing 90% rot from an unknown vigneron" | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On October 8th, Decanter Magazine published an article “Chablis battles rot to save harvest” but Louis Moreau feels that this article does not reflect the reality.
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"There are 3 sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying..." Robert Evans


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California 2013: “Another excellent vintage”

California 2013: “Another excellent vintage” | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Thank Heaven for California. We love you, man. 

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SVB on Wine: Bra-Burning Feminists Drive Wine Sales

SVB on Wine: Bra-Burning Feminists Drive Wine Sales | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Well, wine and brassieres. Go figure. 

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The Great Global Wine Shortage Is Here—and It Will Only Get Worse

The Great Global Wine Shortage Is Here—and It Will Only Get Worse | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Last year saw the worst wine shortfall in a half-century. And there's little indication that world production can keep pace with the oenophilic hordes. 
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Call me an Iconoclast, but anyone in the wine business now is sorta looking forward to the coming shortage. 

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In Indonesia, a Push for Prohibition Strikes Fear

In Indonesia, a Push for Prohibition Strikes Fear | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Conservative Muslim groups say prohibition is part of their goal to create an Islamic state, and critics fear that lawmakers may support a ban to win over voters in elections next year.
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Think "NEVER AGAIN?" Think again. 

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Berger: Hidden costs of making wine

Berger: Hidden costs of making wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Berger: Hidden costs of making wine
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Hidden? Not from the bank.

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Natural winemaking part 3 | Epicure Wines

Natural winemaking part 3 | Epicure Wines | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Food for thought. Seriously stinky stuff. Useful, but stinky. 

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Is Wine Snobbery Dead? | Drinking Out Loud | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Is Wine Snobbery Dead? | Drinking Out Loud | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer says the days of haughty tasting notes are over, but there's a new wine snob on the block, and they're turning their nose up at anything that isn't micro-produced and esoteric.
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Ah. Wine Hipster Obsurantism. TRUE. 

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Bordeaux 2013: Medoc chateaux lifted by Cabernet harvest | decanter.com

Bordeaux 2013: Medoc chateaux lifted by Cabernet harvest | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Several Medoc wine chateaux are upbeat on the state of their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon harvest, as picking draws to a close earlier than expected.
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"Upbeat". Hmmm. 

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10 agriculture stories you should read today, Oct. 14 | Grapes content from Western Farm Press

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Oct. 14 | Grapes content from Western Farm Press | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Water crisis at the gates. Forget MBA, get an ag degree. Cheating the reaper. Right to drone. Queen is dead. Plow battle of the sexes. RIP Ratzilla. Pitchfork Perfect.
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Never, ever forget that you need to grow it before you make it. Or Drink it. 

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Lessons in Opening Mature Wines | Harvey Steiman At Large | Blogs | Wine Spectator

Lessons in Opening Mature Wines | Harvey Steiman At Large | Blogs | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator
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Increasingly rare, well written, insights on a wide range of wines vis a vis ageability...we just drink them up. 

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Ruh Roh...Twitter / pinkslammers: yeah baby drinked ...

Ruh Roh...Twitter / pinkslammers: yeah baby drinked ... | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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And just when you thought twitter was getting so relavant for wine drinkers...

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TAKE THAT! TEXAS WINERY ‘BENDING BRANCH’ WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT AMERICA’S TOUGHEST WINE COMPETITION

TAKE THAT! TEXAS WINERY ‘BENDING BRANCH’ WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT AMERICA’S TOUGHEST WINE COMPETITION | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
by Andrew Chalk, Senior Writer, Texas Wine and Trail Magazine
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is widely regarded as the toughest wine competition in America.
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Ya never know. Jest never. 

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N°36 - EDITORIAL - THE 2013 VINTAGE: THE HARVEST IN BOURGOGNE

N°36 - EDITORIAL - THE 2013 VINTAGE: THE HARVEST IN BOURGOGNE | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
EDITORIAL THE 2013 VINTAGE: THE HARVEST IN BOURGOGNE The winemakers have finished harvesting the fruits of their labor: well-aerated small bunches on vines that enjoyed a sunny summer after a gloomy
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From the folks that are on the ground there...Really a tough year. 

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