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Wine dreams 101

Wine dreams 101 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Alan Baker, Sonoma State University, Anisya Fritz, Cartograph Wines, Chigazola Merchants
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Painfully true. But a good piece.

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On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions — jamie goode's wine blog

On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On the telly, exposing supermarket illusory price promotions. Jamie Goode on BBC1's Rip Off Britain
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Such a great glimpse into a really rather sordid end of the wine business. And as is the case with many industries, the customer is left holding the bag. 

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Video of the Day: Garagiste Fest

Video of the Day: Garagiste Fest | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Business Blog
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I love Paso. Wrote a book to prove it. 

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BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement

BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
BevMo! Announces Wilfred Wong's Retirement

CONCORD, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) - Ultimate neighborhood specialty beverage retailer
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This smells fishy. Just sayin'.

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Burgundy tasting at COPN 2014

Burgundy tasting at COPN 2014 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The grand Burgundy tasting at the 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration
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Ahem. 

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Giles MacDonogh - Wine & Food Diary

Giles MacDonogh - Wine & Food Diary | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Giles MacDonough. A very rare gentleman indeed. His Wine and Food Diary is readable art. And a lovely barometer to set the fineness of our lives by. 

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American Craft Distillers Association appoints board

American Craft Distillers Association appoints board | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Watch for more of these boards, at a regional level. 

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Wine consumption in India to rise by 73%

Wine consumption in India to rise by 73% | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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China Schmina. Watch out for India.

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House okays bill to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays

House okays bill to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Game-day football tailgaters and other weekend event planners in Massachusetts would be able to buy beer and alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning rather than waiting until noon.
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I posted this BECAUSE I CAN'T BELIEVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY WE ARE STILL HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. SERIOUSLY.

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Hitting the Sweet Spot:

Hitting the Sweet Spot: | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
"Off-dry" wines—the perfect acidity to refresh the palate and boost the non-fiery flavors in a dish, while tamping down the heat with sweetness.
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Because they taste good. To a lot of people. 

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TASTING NOTES: The Tao of Michel Chapoutier - North Shore Outlook

TASTING NOTES: The Tao of Michel Chapoutier - North Shore Outlook | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Kurtis Kolt chats with Michel Chapoutier, the current owner, winemaker and philosopher of Maison Chapoutier in France’s Rhône Valley.
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Cheeky bravado. Wonderful. 

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Let's stop a bad thing from happening for a good reason: saving a historic California vineyard

Let's stop a bad thing from happening for a good reason: saving a historic California vineyard | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In a classic case of a bad consequence to an otherwise-good idea, 14 acres of Californian vineyard planted in the 1880's are at risk of being bulldozed in the course of environmental restoration. T...
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I am just dumbfounded at this. Infuriated. Seriously. 

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5 great (and free) wine apps

5 great (and free) wine apps | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
From beverage retailers that help expand your varietal acumen to San Francisco startups specializing in food pairings, the options are endless. Here are five extremely handy wine apps.
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Loving these.

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California Grapevines Budding Out

California Grapevines Budding Out | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
 
Several grapegrowing regions in California's North Coast report that 2014 bud break has arrived two to three weeks earlier than normal. Photo: Sonoma County Winegrowers

San Rafael, Calif.—The warmest winter on record is officially over, and a potentially long, dry growing season has begun. How is the weird weather affecting California vineyards?
Tracy Cervellone CWE's insight:

"...The best strategy is to go to church and keep the plants healthy..."

Amen, brother. 

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Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm

Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A man holds his glass of glimmering red liquid up to the light, then swirls it, sniffs it, looks at it askance as he swishes the wine around in his mouth and puckers his lips. It's an almost comic pre
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I love this man. Brilliant, funny. Genius. 

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Wine.com Hires Wilfred Wong to Expand Research, Grow Social Media, and Make Wine More Accessible

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Well now. Good on him. Yay.

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The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Fermentation

The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
When bribes are described as "the process" and when lawmakers admit they are happily in the pockets of alcohol wholesalers, it's clear it's time to change
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About time. Long overdue. Please.

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Champagne Everyday: 23 The real Cobb Salad is like Champagne

Champagne Everyday: 23 The real Cobb Salad is like Champagne | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A great piece from my friend, mentor and colleague, Madeleine de Jean. 

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Texas distillery pioneers black-eyed pea vodka

Texas distillery pioneers black-eyed pea vodka | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Does it go with Piccalilly and Hoppin' John? 

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Larry Leigon's curator insight, March 11, 2014 3:23 PM

OK, so this is weird. I'm from Texas and I am, as anyone can tell you, at one with Black-eyed peas. But Vodka? Does the world need a Texas Vodka? And they say all the trends start in California…...

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Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message

Comment - Wine - Pushing the Moderate Message | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Ahead of next week's UK Budget, Chris Losh bemoans the fiscal pressures placed on the drinks industry. Could we not trumpet our good sides, he asks?
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I'm moderately enthusiastic about this. 

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Video: Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Throwback

Video: Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Throwback | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Business Blog
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There isn't a woman out there reading this that doesn't have a mad crush on Paso Man. 

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The Mr. Miyagi of Wine Sommeliers

The Mr. Miyagi of Wine Sommeliers | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Passing the Advanced Sommelier Exam isn’t easy, so many candidates trek to Aspen Mountain to train their palates with the best man in the business.
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A fantastic short piece on fighting to remain in the center. Of anything. 

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The Question of Land-Focused vs. Hand-Focused Wines - Fermentation

The Question of Land-Focused vs. Hand-Focused Wines - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Today, in nearly any thoughtful discussion of fine wine by knowledgeable drinkers, one finds a near universal bias towards Land-Focused or "terroir-driven"
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Warkiest piece for a couple of months. Love this guy. Truth. 

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Champagne has had 'too many vintages of the Century' | decanter.com

Champagne has had 'too many vintages of the Century' | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Champagne houses and critics must guard more carefully against heaping praise on a particular vintage too soon, according to Ruinart's cellar master.
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To the point. Boom. 

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Joe Dressner. The interview Part 2 - The Feiring Line

Joe Dressner. The interview Part 2 - The Feiring Line | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
This is the second of three posts of my last recorded conversation--interview--with the late, great, wine importer, Joe Dressner. The setting was a noisy 2nd Avenue at the Altas Café You'll want to listen in order, so head here for the first part Joe Dressner, 2010 interview. You'll want to pay particular attention to Joe's comments on the future of natural wine, somewhere about 14 minutes into the 15+ of our conversation. Also you'll hear Joe go on about Bernard Pontonnier. For more insight, read what Bert Celce had to report. The final section will be posted in April. In...
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Olive this. 

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