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We’ve been anguishing about premox for almost a decade now, but it hasn’t gone away

We’ve been anguishing about premox for almost a decade now, but it hasn’t gone away | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Has there ever been a more complicated wine problem than this? I doubt it. We’ve been anguishing about premox (or, more graphically, POx) for almost a decade now, but it hasn’t gone away.

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Interview, Part 2: Domaines Barons de Rothschild | Shanken News Daily

Interview, Part 2: Domaines Barons de Rothschild | Shanken News Daily | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In the second part of our interview with Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), DBR president and CEO Christophe Salin and Pasternak Imports president and CEO Stephen Brauer discuss prospects for the Los Vascos and Caro labels, as well as the state of play in Bordeaux.
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Interesting piece on their South American portfolio. 

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This is Real Innovation In the Wine Biz - Fermentation

This is Real Innovation In the Wine Biz - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
You know that digital and internet technology has thoroughly taken over sales and marketing in the wine industry when you can point to the simple act of po
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Pour. Taste. Buy. Move on. Loving this. Wark is so cool for writing about it. 

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Video: World Ag Expo ends with strong debate over future of California agriculture in world with dwindling water supplies; topic of World Ag Expo Water Summit on last day of three-day show | Govern...

Video: World Ag Expo ends with strong debate over future of California agriculture in world with dwindling water supplies; topic of World Ag Expo Water Summit on last day of three-day show | Govern... | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Farmers ask pointed questions of regulatory officials, water delivery system managers during World Ag Expo Water Summit in Tulare, Calif.?
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You know the drill by now: WATER. It's not just for breakfast anymore.

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Vatican City drinks more wine per person than anywhere else in the world

Vatican City drinks more wine per person than anywhere else in the world | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
More wine is drunk per person in the Vatican City than in any other country in the world, according to the latest statistics released by the Wine Institute.
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Sheesh. Epic.

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Millennials and Wine: Revolution or Evolution?

Millennials and Wine: Revolution or Evolution? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There's a lot of Internet buzz these days about the effects the millennial generation is having on wine. Much of it is quite breathless and reminds me of the journalistic cliché in which the report...
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The revolution plods along. You'd think it would be easier, but

NOOOOOOO....

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Verdelho: The Last Wine I Ever Loved | Serious Eats: Drinks

Verdelho: The Last Wine I Ever Loved | Serious Eats: Drinks | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Note from the author: There are 1,368 varieties covered in Wine Grapes by MW Jancis Robinson, MW Julia Harding, and Dr. Jose Vouillamoz. This past year, I've been drinking my way through. Verdelho Madeira: making spirits bright. [Photograph: Stevie Stacionis]...
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Good heavens. Madeira: I would like to live there so I could drink it every day. 

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The Iron Chevsky Wine Blog: Initial look at 2012 Burgundies

The Iron Chevsky Wine Blog: Initial look at 2012 Burgundies | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A good look at 2012 burgundy, for this difficult vintage that I think will surprise many.

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The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines

The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
America may be a young country and our wine industry even younger, but there are old vineyards that produce seriously delicious wine. Seek them out writes sommelier Jordan Salcito.
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Nothing but love.

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A great video to discover the secrets of Chateauneuf du Pape


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Great video...

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Craft Spirits Distillery: Ridge Distillery

Craft Spirits Distillery: Ridge Distillery | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
From herb grower to craft distiller, Jules Legate fell in love with absinthe and its botanical flavors.
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Absinthe distillery. Careful now. 

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The Proust Q&A: Maureen Downey

The Proust Q&A: Maureen Downey | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Really enjoyable Proust interview with the always interesting Maureen Downey. She rocks. 

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Bottle fight: Novelty v classic wines - FT.com

Bottle fight: Novelty v classic wines - FT.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
In May this year, Marks & Spencer will be launching a Japanese white wine in its smartest stores and online. Sol Lucet 2012 will be £12.99 a bottle and is made from Japan’s indigenous Koshu grape. Not since coming across a Tesco Finest Teroldego
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Koshu. Comin' at ya.

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Lot18 Founder Has Invented A Tiny Home Device That Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days

Lot18 Founder Has Invented A Tiny Home Device That Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Miracle Machine sits on your kitchen counter and works like a Soda Stream to make homemade wine.
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Can you spell Lenten Stocking stuffer? Incredible. Even if the wine comes out weird. Seriously. 

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Jefford on Monday: Measuring Up | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: Measuring Up | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
How big should a wine zone be? There's no simple answer. The notorious 'South East Australia' flirts with meaninglessness, but French appellations like Languedoc are so large as to leave terroir-loving drinkers nonplussed about what to expect.
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Jefford. If you want to make up your own mind properly, read him. 

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Winemak-in's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:21 AM

Back in 2005, the Niagara Peninsula in Canada’s Ontario was sub-divided into 10 different sub-appellations which, given that the whole area occupies less than 6,000 ha, is pretty picky for a young wine-growing location. Justified or not?

Back in 2005, the Niagara Peninsula in Canada’s Ontario was sub-divided into 10 different sub-appellations which, given that the whole area occupies less than 6,000 ha, is pretty picky for a young wine-growing location. Justified or not?  
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Rock star Hagar talks rum and coffee table books : Pulse Entertainment Magazine

Rock star Hagar talks rum and coffee table books : Pulse Entertainment Magazine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
MIAMI (AP) — One is a rock star and the other a rock star chef, but Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse have a shared passion for food and music.
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Glad he left Van Halen and got a real job. 

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Coming Soon To A Wine Near You: Ancient Amphorae

Coming Soon To A Wine Near You: Ancient Amphorae | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Terra cotta amphorae, hand-crafted into shapes and styles known since antiquity, are the latest innovation in experimental winemaking. And they’re coming soon to a wine near you.
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First Eggs, which I adored. Now Amphorae. How totally cool. Completely Ice cold cool. 

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Trial of Burgundian producer begins

Trial of Burgundian producer begins | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A picnic. How veddy French.

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Tim Atkin MW | Articles | What it takes to make great wine

Tim Atkin MW | Articles | What it takes to make great wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Tim Atkin MW reports on an historic tasting at Quinta do Noval
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He writes so well, so surely. A great MW on a classic subject. 

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The Ultimate Wine Kick: Piedmont Trip 2013: A very Burgundish estate in Barbaresco

The Ultimate Wine Kick: Piedmont Trip 2013: A very Burgundish estate in Barbaresco | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Barbaresco. Barbaresco. Barbaresco. Please...

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Yves Cuilleron is something of a Rhone winemaking legend. The King of Condrieu has been making wine since taking over the family estate after ...

Yves Cuilleron is something of a Rhone winemaking legend. The King of Condrieu has been making wine since taking over the family estate after ... | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Yves Cuilleron is something of a Rhone winemaking legend. The King of Condrieu has been making wine since taking over the family estate after ...
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If you've ever had one of his wines, you get it. 

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All organic, all good ? | Olivier Leflaive

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An interesting thought or two here. 

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Winemak-in's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:47 AM

Olivier Leflaive : "100% Organic or sustainable? With no absolute certainty, we decided to be reasonable in order to make the great wines you know …"

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Alsace: the new generation | decanter.com

Alsace: the new generation | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Fresh-thinking young winemakers could be the shot in the arm that Alsace needs, as they focus more than ever on the terroir-driven, dry styles that today’s wine lovers want. Panos Kakaviatos reports.
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A classic region making some great noise...

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Drinking Gin: Learn to Like Gin

Drinking Gin: Learn to Like Gin | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Think you don’t like gin? Neither did bartender Liam Wager until serendipity showed him how great gin can be. “My first cocktail experience was a disaster with a Bombay Sapphire Martini — a terrible Bombay Sapphire Martini — while I was at a college orientation event,” explains suspender-clad Liam Wager from across the marble bar...
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Gin. For the unencumbered.

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Moldovans land in Lodi | Recordnet.com

Moldovans land in Lodi | Recordnet.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
LODI - Against a backdrop of increasing tensions between the United States and Russia and unrest in Ukraine, four visitors from the former Soviet republic of Moldova toured Lodi area wineries, restaurants, tasting rooms and hotels on Wednesday.
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I was fascinated by this. But that's how I roll. 

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