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How the pH of Lime Juice Changes as it Ages - Alcademics.com

How the pH of Lime Juice Changes as it Ages - Alcademics.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
This post is part of a mini-project looking at sweet and sour elements in cocktails, sponsored by PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur.
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Cool piece and a very cool site.

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Blog | Odd Society Spirits

Blog | Odd Society Spirits | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I like them. Modern, but crafty.

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A list of grower Champagnes worth trying

A list of grower Champagnes worth trying | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Here are some favorite grower Champagnes to try. These are not widely distributed. You'll have to ferret them out at fine wine retailers. Remember, the clue is the RM on the bottle, which stands for récoltant-manipulant .
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Jess in time for NYE.


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New Year's Eve Cocktails Recipes: 11 Easy Drinks To Celebrate 2013!

New Year's Eve Cocktails Recipes: 11 Easy Drinks To Celebrate 2013! | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Need help with your cocktail menu this New Year's Eve? We've rounded up 11 diverse and easy cocktails that you can make this New Year for your year-end celebrations!
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Hubba Hubba with the mixology, folks!

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Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Yes. Watch for a lot more good to great wine coming from the UK. They have some amazing calcareous soils and it's warming up. 

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Tradition, and change, in 10 key wines of 2013

Tradition, and change, in 10 key wines of 2013 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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He got the title right. And some interesting wines for a change.

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The peril of precocity - FT.com

The peril of precocity - FT.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A recent email exchange caused me to burn with embarrassment and eventually to chuckle ruefully.
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At your peril, In this arena, folks. 

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What is a grape variety? What is a clone? — jamie goode's wine blog

What is a grape variety? What is a clone? — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Jamie's been on a great roll lately. 

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TTB Public Guidance Wine Export Certificate Consolidated U.S. Wine Exported to China

TTB Public Guidance Wine Export Certificate Consolidated U.S. Wine Exported to China | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
TTB issued a public guidance on Wine Export Certificates for U.S. wines exported to the People’s Republic of China. China will accept a one-page Consolidated Certificate from exporters.
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ONE page. Wish the IRS would get the message.

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The growing business of replanting

The growing business of replanting | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Have you driven down Highway 29 or up the Silverado Trail recently and wondered why so many farmers are ripping out their vineyards? And, are you crazy or does it
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Always interesting and it happens in a cyclical fashion. Which has begun anew.

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A Cure for the Bordeaux Blues

A Cure for the Bordeaux Blues | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The 2013 Bordeaux vintage is now being vinified in oak barrels, but those barrels might be better described as wooden crypts: The 2013s are going to be dead on arrival when they’re sold as futures next spring.
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We need a cure for this. Seriously. 

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Five Wine Books Worth Noting

Five Wine Books Worth Noting | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
These books stand out amid a flood of interesting writing on wine.
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Get them. All. Seriously.

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Complex Cognac sales made simple with reindeer

Complex Cognac sales made simple with reindeer | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
There are not many things that will halt an interview quicker than asking the head of a Cognac house what his stock situation is.
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Anyone that asks the question at the end of this piece deserves what they get. 

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Know Your Bubbly Before You Pop the Cork: Video

Know Your Bubbly Before You Pop the Cork: Video | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Champagne Brand Education Manager for Moet & Chandon Belinda Chang discusses how to deconstruct a champagne label.
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A little bubbly primer.Never hurts. Frankly, I just wanted to see if video loads on this! Yay!


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Cocktail Culture | A Bubbly Twist on the Negroni

Cocktail Culture | A Bubbly Twist on the Negroni | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
This version of the classic Italian drink substitutes dry sparkling wine for gin, which makes for a lighter libation that’s easier to drink and is perfect for the holidays.
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This looks better than the one I made recently. 

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E.J. Gallo

E.J. Gallo | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
E.J. Gallo
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A window on the Gallo mindset...From my colleague and fine wine writer Jo Diaz. 

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Texas Winery Prepares Presidential Wine - Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

Texas Winery Prepares Presidential Wine - Texas Wine and Trail Magazine | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
by Andrew Chalk, Senior Writer, Texas Wine and Trail Pedernales Cellars announced that they have been commissioned to create a limited edition 2012 Texas Tempranillo to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the election of President H.W.
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Oooooh. Controversial! A Presidential Tempranillo. 

Perfect fodder for a tempest in a WineBiz teapot. 


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Raisin moth on the rise in California raisin vineyards

Raisin moth on the rise in California raisin vineyards | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Raisin moths, a rather nondescript gray-brown moth that feeds on grapes, has been on the rise in organically managed Central Valley raisin vineyards during the past 10 years.
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Nasty little moth. Only solution may be worse than the pest. Yikes.


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China wine distribution: Summergate seeks investor | Grape Wall of China

China wine distribution: Summergate seeks investor | Grape Wall of China | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
By Jim Boyce Rumors are swirling that major China-based wine importer and distributor Summergate is on its last legs. To be honest, if Summergate were a wine,
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From the always interesting James Boyce. Who lives there.

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Domaine Drouhin Buys 279-Acre Vineyard in Oregon | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Domaine Drouhin Buys 279-Acre Vineyard in Oregon | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Domaine Drouhin has essentially doubled its estate vineyard holdings in Oregon with the purchase of picturesque Roserock, a 279-acre property in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Wine Spectator reports.
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Smart. Really smart. Cash is king now in the vineyard business.

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On fake wine — jamie goode's wine blog

On fake wine — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Cutting and concise as usual from Jamie Goode.

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Drync Wine App Announces New Android and iOS7 Platforms

Drync Wine App Announces New Android and iOS7 Platforms | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
 Drync LLC is proud to announce that Drync -- the first free mobile application that allows consumers to scan, track, share and purchase wine instantly -- is now available to Android users....
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Mobile platforms for wine sales. Rock.

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2013 Harvest in Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog

2013 Harvest in Bordeaux | Christian Seely’s Blog | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Alot of chest pounding and hair pulling out there about 2013. Seely has a more measured opinion. Read on.

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World Record Price Raises DRC Ceiling | Wine News & Features

World Record Price Raises DRC Ceiling | Wine News & Features | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
World Record Price Raises DRC Ceiling. Continuing thirst for wines from Burgundy's most-wanted domaine.
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Soon they will have to track pricing from a space station on Venus. 

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ProWein's birthday song - 'Zum Geburtstag viel Glück' it is not

ProWein's birthday song - 'Zum Geburtstag viel Glück' it is not | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Next year sees the ProWein exhibition celebrate its 20th birthday. The event organisers have chosen to celebrate the anniversary with a song.
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Beyonce: I hear a single. 

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