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Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair | Wine News & Features

Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Petrus Owner's Californian Love Affair. From sleeping in vineyards to having his grapes rejected by Robert Mondavi, Christian Moueix's life hasn't always run smoothly.
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Fantastic piece. Must read.

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Buckfast owners announce controversial drink to be sold in cans

Buckfast owners announce controversial drink to be sold in cans | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
They said the 25cl cans will attract consumers over the summer holidays and also help the Scottish Government’s alcohol policy.
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Tonic Wine. A drink only a Scot could love, but God love them for coming up with it. 

I love the whole concept of "Controversial Drink". 

Seriously? 

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Beavers build a foothold in Napa waters

Beavers build a foothold in Napa waters | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In south Napa, the lands east of Soscol Avenue have been home to two kinds of construction in recent months. One is the hard-to-miss work of humans, the other the
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Stop the presses! Alert the media! There be beavers in Napa! 

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UK’s largest winery officially opens

UK’s largest winery officially opens | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Lawdy. It's so...American looking. 

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Champagne may be in trouble, but climate change has sparkling wine from England on the rise

Champagne may be in trouble, but climate change has sparkling wine from England on the rise | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Fine sparkling wine from England? Climate change is helping make it so. But global warming in the UK also means more unpredictable weather, which can be bad news for growers.
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Been saying this for years now...watch out for English Sparkling wine. 

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Bordeaux heading for ‘collective suicide’

Bordeaux heading for ‘collective suicide’ | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Arghh. Just Arghh. A snapshot into why the global wine business is it's own worst enemy most days. 

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Selection and Blending Tokaj Disznókő 2011 (Video) | Christian Seely’s Blog

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Fantastic piece from Seely about Disznoko blending. 

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Wine Word: Ian Ford of Summergate on the state of the China market : Grape Wall of China

Wine Word: Ian Ford of Summergate on the state of the China market : Grape Wall of China | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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They are BMOC in China now. Early adopters in the Chinese Wine trade rule.

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Vinography Images: Vines and Sky

Vinography Images: Vines and Sky | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Vinography Images: Vines and Sky. Vines and Sky Rows of sprawling vines find an echo in the puffy clouds above the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County, Californa. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting
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Alder Yarrow is an Icon, but so is Andy Katz. His son Winemaker Jesse Katz is no slouch either. Something so joyous about Andy's images. 

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En primeurs tasting 2013 Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog

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Love Seely. Pitching the vintage from Hell like the boss he is. Dynamite. 

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2013 primeurs: the Right Bank

2013 primeurs: the Right Bank | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Cool. 

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Elliot's Blog: 378,000 Kilometer Sake Tasting Tour | Wine ratings, Wine reviews, Wine tasting notes & Wine videos

Elliot's Blog: 378,000 Kilometer Sake Tasting Tour | 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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Sake. Yet another reason Japan is at the top of anyone's coolness list.

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Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Some wineries are famous. Some are infamous. And some are legendary. Château Rayas sits comfortably between the latter two: equally enigmatic and revered. People don't speak of visiting the place as much as making a pilgrimage, and the stories of such visits often take on an air of the fantastic as well as the absurd. The reclusive and eccentric owner from 1978 to 1997, Jacques Reynaud, on various occasions would hide from visitors, or simply walk them around for a while and bid them adieu without offering them a drop of wine to taste. When Reynaud left the estate...
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Fantastic piece on this iconic property.

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Napa County meeting Tuesday to weigh winery impacts

Napa County meeting Tuesday to weigh winery impacts | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Napa Valley wine industry has become increasingly reliant on a direct-to-consumer sales model, which requires bringing customers into winery tasting rooms to drink the wines — and drink in
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DTC. Incoming at high speed.

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Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say

Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Unwinding in the pub on a Friday night could be wrecking your health - just four glasses of wine is enough to cause lasting damage, scientist have found.
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Please explain why I am still alive. 

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Russia gets taste for sparkling wines

Russia gets taste for sparkling wines | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Actually, the widow Clicquot did this in the 18th century. 

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Top 10 wines in the UK press

Top 10 wines in the UK press | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Sorry folks, but I like to keep up on what the average Brit is drinking. I hope. 

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In honour of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc-Telegraph

In honour of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc-Telegraph | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On the centenary of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc's pavilion, Claire Wrathall pays tribute to this glamorous grande dame
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On the bucket list. Yup. A glass of something magnificent on this Pavilion. Soon.

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French MW compares GM vines to 'weapons of mass destruction' | decanter.com

French MW compares GM vines to 'weapons of mass destruction' | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A heated debate at this year's Masters of Wine symposium pitched scientists against winemakers over the possible use of genetically modified grapevines to combat climate change and disease.
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I'm so, so wary of GM anything. Honest, folks, we weren't meant to screw around in genes. Jeans, yes, Genes, no. 

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How to Avoid Champagne Becoming Populated With Prosecco Bars - Grapecollective.com

How to Avoid Champagne Becoming Populated With Prosecco Bars - Grapecollective.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
What is needed to assure a long future for Champagne, one that dodges a fate of Prosecco bars displacing its presence in its own hometown?
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A very important perspective here, seriously folks. If you are in the sparkling end of the business, especially. Read this.

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The international wine trade hit a “watershed moment” in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

Via Grande Passione
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And most of it is pretty good. Thank Heaven.

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French vineyard robot has a vine time in Oregon wine country

French vineyard robot has a vine time in Oregon wine country | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The demonstration comes ahead of the two-day Precision Farming Expo in McMinnville, touting agricultural uses for pilotless drones, smart irrigation systems and other innovations seen by some as integral to the future of Oregon farming.
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This scenario is going to become the standard going forward for many vineyards.

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Paper wine bottle to go on sale in US

Paper wine bottle to go on sale in US | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Yes. Count me in. 

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En primeurs tasting 2013 Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog

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I love Seely,  pitching difficult vintages like a boss. 

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Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag | Wine News & Features

Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Parker Launches Luxury Lifestyle Mag. Robert Parker is broadening his outlook with a new magazine. Read the latest wine news & features on wine-searcher
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He needs a new photographer. And Hairstylist. 

Seriously. NOW.

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