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The Gray Report: Big-name California Cabernet-blend blind tasting: Harlan, Insignia, Opus One. Who wins?

The Gray Report: Big-name California Cabernet-blend blind tasting: Harlan, Insignia, Opus One. Who wins? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Hey, hooray for the Billionaires! They get it right every now and then!

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Looming 2014 California water crisis strikes fear in farmers | Farm Press Blog

Looming 2014 California water crisis strikes fear in farmers | Farm Press Blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
It does not take long for a conversation with a California farmer to reach the topic of water. It has always been that way. However, the topic strikes real fear like it has never before.
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All over the world, for agricultural crops (like wine grape vines) the issue will be WATER. 

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Jefford on Monday: Yellow River Drinking (and Eating) | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: Yellow River Drinking (and Eating) | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Five late September days in the Chinese vineyard regions of Ningxia and Wuhai was all it took to make me realise the tameness of the western larder, the placidity of western drinking practices and the total irrelevance of ‘wine-and-food...
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Please contrast this article from the always amazing Jefford, with the banal musings of the Shutdown wine guy. And realize there is hope for wine writing after all. 

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Chablis battles rot to secure 2013 harvest | decanter.com

Chablis battles rot to secure 2013 harvest | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
For Chablis winemakers who can manage rot in their vineyards, the 2013 harvest may yet yield some pleasantly surprising wines, say producers.
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Nasty little fungi. When uninvited, Nasty.


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Marie's Blog: First Look At The 2012 Vintage For Germany | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos

Marie's Blog: First Look At The 2012 Vintage For Germany | 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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Ah. Mmm. nice. 

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How To Understand Really Stupid Wines - Fermentation

How To Understand Really Stupid Wines - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The wine was a 2006 Grenache from the Barossa Valley in Australia.  It clocked in at 18.5% alcohol. It was carried to me by a good Aussie friend, who purch
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The last comment on this page is the best. Worth reading the whole piece thought. Wark rocks. 

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Goldilocks Method for Wines: Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Goldilocks Method for Wines: Avoid Extreme Temperatures | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
I have drunk enough 80-degree (26.7 centigrade) red wines in overheated New York apartments and enough ice cold, headache-inducing whites to know how misguided people can be about wine temperatures.
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Please read this, please.

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Hey, it used to be in Southern California: The Napa of Baja

Hey, it used to be in Southern California: The Napa of Baja | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
THERE is nothing of the faux Bordeaux chateau about the Torres Alegre winery. It blends so delicately into the dusty Baja Californian landscape, amid vineyards,...
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I swear this region should be annexed. 

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Bordeaux 2013: teetering on the brink

Bordeaux 2013: teetering on the brink | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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This is one wine region that makes money while they "teeter on the brink". The phrase almost makes me smile. Almost. 

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46 Hut!! Philadelphia Eagles launch wine

46 Hut!! Philadelphia Eagles launch wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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My obligatory football and wine related post. But it is a cool label, no?

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A Must Read: Fermentation key to premox battle

A Must Read: Fermentation key to premox battle | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I always listen to the people with a few nose hairs when they opine on this subject. You need a longer perspective for the real story. And an open mind. Sometimes the trees you see are indeed the forest. 

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Nine Ways to Waste Your Marketing Budget | Sales Training Seminars, Workshops & Keynotes by Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic™ | Denver, CO

Nine Ways to Waste Your Marketing Budget | Sales Training Seminars, Workshops & Keynotes by Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic™ | Denver, CO | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Your company has too much money. I understand. It’s a common problem. Clearly, you need to get rid of some of it. But how?
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Wine Marketing peeps: Tattoo numbers 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 to your right hand please. 

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Some Nutty Thoughts About Sales | Sales Training Seminars, Workshops & Keynotes by Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic™ | Denver, CO

Some Nutty Thoughts About Sales | Sales Training Seminars, Workshops & Keynotes by Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic™ | Denver, CO | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Have you ever tried cashews seasoned with salt and pepper? The first time I saw them in the grocery store I dismissed them out of hand, thinking the addition of
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Will some wine biz geniuses please read this? Why does wine always trip over itself? 

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Burgundy facing supply squeeze after hail-ravaged 2013 harvest | decanter.com

Burgundy facing supply squeeze after hail-ravaged 2013 harvest | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Burgundy wine prices may have to rise due to violent hailstorms hitting the region's vineyards for a second year running, and leaving producers seeking government aid.
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2013 Burgundy will be an interesting vintage to hit the streets with. Yikes.


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Beginning of the Harvest on Etna with Reseca, "The Clos that reaches the Sky"

Beginning of the Harvest on Etna with Reseca, "The Clos that reaches the Sky" | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Who has never dreamed about growing vines hanging in the sky? On Etna, Famiglia Catania owns the Reseca clos, the legacy of a former vineyard planted 850 meters above sea level in the sector of Randazzo, on the north side of Mount Etna.
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Great little insight into this unique region. 

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10 Best Wines To Drink During The Shutdown

10 Best Wines To Drink During The Shutdown | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Have some time on your hands while the government's doors are closed? Here are the most appropriate wines to drink during the shutdown.
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No matter what side of the aisle you're on...wine a little. It helps.

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Getting To Know Bordeaux's Right Bank

Getting To Know Bordeaux's Right Bank | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Bordeaux may be one of the most famous wine regions in the world—and the largest wine-growing region in France with upward of 284,000 acres of vineyards—but there are a few appellations that are often overlooked.
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Nice little short read on the Right Bank. Forbes is getting better and better at wine journalism. 

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Constellation Brands' wine sales weaker than expected | decanter.com

Constellation Brands' wine sales weaker than expected | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Beer has boosted half-year profits for Constellation Brands, but the firm's wine business had a mixed six months.
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Darn. Only 1.2 Billion. OK we hate you now. 

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A Minority Opinion on the Wine Film 'Somm' | Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth | Blogs | Wine Spectator

A Minority Opinion on the Wine Film 'Somm' | Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth | Blogs | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Ooooh. Bad Molesworth. Spank him. NOT.

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Jefford on Monday: Pinot Politics | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: Pinot Politics | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I crossed the Rhine in traveling from France’s Alsace into Germany’s Baden. Under the blissful Schengen arrangements, it’s an uneventful occasion; no one wants to thumb your passport or shine a beam on your iris.
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Alsace. Baden. Pinot Noir. The search continues.

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"Stick Close, My dear...Hold up your head, my Lily of the Valley"...Why drunk women don't make good sweethearts, 1795

"Stick Close, My dear...Hold up your head, my Lily of the Valley"...Why drunk women don't make good sweethearts, 1795 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Inebriated women clearly do not make the most delicate wives and sweethearts. This satire on drunkenness in the fairer sex, published in 1795, depicts eight ladies young and old drinking gin, falli...
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Aww. So cute. Especially the red noses. Those 18th century cartoonists are as cruelly honest as Beltway artists today...Posters anyone? 

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How fast they smartened up! Fine wine sales decline sharply for 2013 Chinese festival

How fast they smartened up! Fine wine sales decline sharply for 2013 Chinese festival | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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And they're gonna get even smarter. Trust me. Next stop: Chinese wine grown and made there. In wine-world changing quanities, folks. 

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Key lawmaker in wine bill's failure willing to reconsider

Key lawmaker in wine bill's failure willing to reconsider | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On Wednesday we told you about Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey who predicts the wine in supermarkets bill will pass this year. Thursday, the man who put
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Just to remind everyone that in some states we are still arguing about selling wine in supermarkets. Seriously. Not Kidding. Honest. 

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Water and the Central Coast's wine problem

Water and the Central Coast's wine problem | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost?
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Water, Water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. 

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Reading for the Road: Loire Valley

Reading for the Road: Loire Valley | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers.
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Tufa me please. 

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