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New German Rieslings somewhere between dry and sweet

New German Rieslings somewhere between dry and sweet | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Unfortunately," says Johannes Leitz, who makes Riesling in the Rheingau area, "most people want to see the word 'dry' on a label, even when the wine itself would taste better with 11 or 12 grams (of sugar) and they would like it more.
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New Types of Yeast Could Stave Off Wine's Climate Change Problem

New Types of Yeast Could Stave Off Wine's Climate Change Problem | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Warming temperatures are leading to wine that's too boozy.
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Well, stave off is a strange word. Sheesh. And yeast have been adapting for a very, very long time. But lower alcohols would be nice. Getting a little tired of feeling half bagged after 2 glasses of wine. 

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Dr. Vino's verdict: one glass to rule them all - Dr Vino's wine blog

Dr. Vino's verdict: one glass to rule them all - Dr Vino's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Why have a ton of wine glasses when you only need one?
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He's right. And this is a fantastic all around glass. 

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China's most promising wine province?

China's most promising wine province? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
See tasting notes on more than 50 Ningxia wines. (China's most promising wine province?
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It looks a little bleak. But then again, so did the marshes of Bordeaux.


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Anthony Rose: 'Every grape has its own distinct aroma and flavour DNA'

Anthony Rose: 'Every grape has its own distinct aroma and flavour DNA' | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
If you came across the encyclopaedic Wine Grapes (Allen Lane) in 2013, you could be forgiven for thinking that the reason for the astonishing complexity of wine lies in its vast storehouse of grape varieties with their myriad aromas and flavours:...
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Neat piece from a fine wine mind. 

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On Dogs, Wine & God - Fermentation

On Dogs, Wine & God - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Arthur, of redwinebuzz, commenting on today's earlier post about what should be the standard for quality in wine, makes the case that a high high quality w
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Disclaimer: I have two 110LB Dobermans. So read on.

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Top 10 Chardonnays over £20

Top 10 Chardonnays over £20 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Spain. Canada. Western Australia. And, jessss, Russian River. The idea is to toThink, folks. About Chardonnay. This team did. Hooray for the MW's.

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The Fortification Process - Facts & Thoughts - MAD ABOUT MADEIRA

The Fortification Process - Facts & Thoughts - MAD ABOUT MADEIRA | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Facts & thoughts on the fortification process of Madeira wine.
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Really interesting piece on the alcohol part of the fortified puzzle. Think again if you think you know this stuff. 

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Whiskey & History

Whiskey & History | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Turning back the clock with “Heritage Distilling.”
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A very new, very cool White Dog. 

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The Gray Report: Paperboy: An exciting paper bottle filled with boring wine

The Gray Report: Paperboy: An exciting paper bottle filled with boring wine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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A first. Cool. 

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The Gray Report: Bali's Hatten wines: What I drank on my vacation

The Gray Report: Bali's Hatten wines: What I drank on my vacation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I had no idea. Aga. Not even listed as a variety yet. 

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Mosel bridge 'bombshell' heartens protesters | decanter.com

Mosel bridge 'bombshell' heartens protesters | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Campaigners fighting the controversial Mosel bridge project in one of Germany's premier wine regions have seized on a leaked expert study that warns the project could be structurally unsafe.
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Even the computer mock up looks...rickety. This would not survive a 3pointer in Southern California. 

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What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart

What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Republicans prefer brown liquor; Democrats prefer clear liquor; High-propensity voters like wine.
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Ooooh. Colored bubbles. Now that's serious. 

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RONdeJEREMY's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:40 AM

Ron Jeremy for president!

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How Often Did Wine Corks Fail in 2013? | James Laube's Wine Flights | Blogs | Wine Spectator

How Often Did Wine Corks Fail in 2013? | James Laube's Wine Flights | Blogs | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator
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Sorry about the ad, folks, But the paper is a good one.

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The Proust Q&A: May-Elaine de Lencquesaing

The Proust Q&A: May-Elaine de Lencquesaing | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Can you put down your phone and read this please?  

A role model for women especially, but really for us all. The 10 questions answered so beautifully. At 88, I hope I can answer them as well. 

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Obituary: Wine world remembers Pamela Vandyke Price | decanter.com

Obituary: Wine world remembers Pamela Vandyke Price | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine critics have been paying their respects to Pamela Vandyke Price, considered one of the first female wine writers, who has died aged 90 after a long illness.
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"Maybe because humility is essential in the tasting room, I am very self-opinionated outside it." PERFECT. RIP Ms. Vandyke Price. 

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Jefford on Monday: The Oldest Wine Story of All | decanter.com

Jefford on Monday: The Oldest Wine Story of All | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Why was the trial of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan so compelling? It was, after all, hard to squeeze tears for the millionaires, braggarts and 'big boys' who were his erstwhile chums and eventual victims.
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You know, he's right. But it is the end of innocence... galling... and I hope Rudy goes to one of those nasty Lockups on TV. 

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A wine forecast the industry can toast—for now

A wine forecast the industry can toast—for now | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
This year should bring good news to the wine industry despite aging boomers presenting a question mark for future demand, according to a new report.
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Happay Happay Happay!

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The 21st Amendment and the Case of "Be Careful What You Wish For" - Fermentation

The 21st Amendment and the Case of "Be Careful What You Wish For" - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
As far as I can tell, Wine & Spirits Daily is the only publication to take notice of the fact that the multi-state wholesaler Southern Wine & Spiri
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If you are in the wine business in the U.S, and don't read this,

boop boop ba doop. 

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Entire vintage destroyed from Burgundy clos

Entire vintage destroyed from Burgundy clos | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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2013: Annus Horribilus for Burgundy, and not much better for many areas Northern France. 

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Burgundy 2012, second part, questions of style — jamie goode's wine blog

Burgundy 2012, second part, questions of style — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Great writing about, and wonderful photographs of, a real deal Burgundy tasting. 2012's...supposedly a pass from so many misinformed people.  Ha. No funny business here. 

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Tips For When Wineries Market...On The Road - Fermentation

Tips For When Wineries Market...On The Road - Fermentation | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
WHEN VINTNERS TRAVEL—TIPS FOR GETTING IT RIGHT By Julie Ann Kodmur You're marketing your wine as best you can. Your tasting room and winery are the best po
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A great little wine road warrior primer. Number 3 is crucial. Get off the main drag. 

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5 Drinks Worse For You Than Wine | Wine Folly

5 Drinks Worse For You Than Wine | Wine Folly | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
You might want to set down that vanilla latte after seeing this. 5 drinks that are worse for you than wine.
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I have always known this. People suck down the grossest stuff thinking all's well that end's well. Wine a little. 

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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Two of mankind's oldest beverages are being mashed together in a new generation of brews.
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Oh Dear.

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Petaluma360.com | Petaluma Argus-Courier | Petaluma, CA

Petaluma360.com | Petaluma Argus-Courier | Petaluma, CA | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Hooray for our side! Go Ms. Figone!

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