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Bordeaux's winemakers count cost of devastating hailstorm

Bordeaux's winemakers count cost of devastating hailstorm | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Vineyards in Côte de Beaune area have lost an estimated 4m bottles, leaving many uninsured wine-makers in despair
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At the end of the day, at the mercy of weather, vignerons are just like any other farmer. There just isn't going to be much wine from this vintage. 

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France toys with 300% wine tax hike [updated 11.9.03] | decanter.com

France toys with 300% wine tax hike [updated 11.9.03] | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The French government wants to raise tax on red wine by 300% in a move to lower the country's social security deficit.
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Seriously? At some point they must realize that the taxpayers will really, really, really, need anasthesia. Right before the next election. 

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The 6 Key Rights Wine Consumers Demand - Fermentation

The 6 Key Rights Wine Consumers Demand - Fermentation | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The report issued today by the American Wine Consumer Coalition outlined which states best serve and least serve their wine consumers. "Consuming Concerns:
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We take a lot of this for granted in California...but there's another post prohibition U.S.A out there. 

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2011 Markus Molitor wine awarded 100 points

2011 Markus Molitor wine awarded 100 points | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Some folks poo poo terroir. Even me. But this vineyard sticks out like a sore gray slate thumb in that conversation. 

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Tablet-Based, Digital Book Gives Distributors Tool For Better Sales Presentations, Order Taking, Order Transmissions

Tablet-Based, Digital Book Gives Distributors Tool For Better Sales Presentations, Order Taking, Order Transmissions | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
News and information for wine industry professionals.
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Wingman. Love it. 

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Ruh Roh. America Won't Have Enough Grapes To Make All Of The Wine It Wants To Drink

Ruh Roh. America Won't Have Enough Grapes To Make All Of The Wine It Wants To Drink | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Not good.
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But boy howdy is there a lake of wine from across a couple of ponds ready to go. 

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Winemakers turn to wild fermentation

Winemakers turn to wild fermentation | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Traditional fermenting has taken a back seat for a more natural method.
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I've been on both sides of this fence. At once. 

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Interview with Bruno Paillard

Interview with Bruno Paillard | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Interview with Bruno Paillard
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Great insight into a now very large market share for Champagne. 

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Portuguese Wines Rise In U.S. As Domestic Market Struggles | Shanken News Daily

Portuguese Wines Rise In U.S. As Domestic Market Struggles | Shanken News Daily | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
With Portugal’s domestic wine market challenged by the country’s ongoing economic crisis, Portuguese winemakers have been casting their sights abroad—and finding solid growth in export markets like the U.S.
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I've been talking about these wines to anyone that would listen about this for 7 years. 

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Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers | Into Wine

Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers | Into Wine | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
This list is all about winemakers, those currently making wine here in America – not the great ones who have come before, but folks who make wines you can find now.
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The problem with starting at 99 is most of us will be asleep by the time we get to the top of the list. 

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Former Screaming Eagle co-owner to open Santa Barbara County boutique hotel and restaurant | decanter.com

Former Screaming Eagle co-owner to open Santa Barbara County boutique hotel and restaurant | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The former co-owner of Screaming Eagle, Charles Banks, is increasing wine tourism in California's Santa Barbara County with the opening of a new restaurant and boutique hotel in the Central Coast town of Los Olivos.
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I'm goin'.

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Tesco to take visual recognition technology to wine

Tesco to take visual recognition technology to wine | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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I love the idea. Wish more mass market stores would jump on it. 

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Storms wreak havoc across the Medoc | decanter.com

Storms wreak havoc across the Medoc | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Strong winds and heavy rainfall over the weekend wreaked devastation across much of the Medoc with Pauillac being the worst affected commune.
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2013 is a bad party all over France's Wine country. 

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Landmark Canadian Icewine legislation comes into force | decanter.com

Landmark Canadian Icewine legislation comes into force | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
New Icewine protocols released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency aim to stamp out fraud prevalent in Canada’s most recognised wine brand.
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Way overdue for this regulation. The stuff that goes on in the name of Icewine...

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Hail hits southern Alsace vineyards | decanter.com

Hail hits southern Alsace vineyards | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Hailstorms continue to batter French vineyards, this time in the heart of Alsatian wine country, with up to 60% damages reported across the region.
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Another hail story from the Annus Horribilus 2013 France. 

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Will Lyons on why, when it comes to English sparkling wine, comparisons with Champagne are odious

Will Lyons on why, when it comes to English sparkling wine, comparisons with Champagne are odious | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
English sparkling wine is a dry, delicate delight, writes Will Lyons. The mistake is expecting it to taste like Champagne.
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Oh be quiet and quit snickering. This stuff is delicious, and getting better every year. 

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WOW: Top Ten Women of Wine in India 2013 -Ritu Dalmia of Diva

WOW: Top Ten Women of Wine in India 2013 -Ritu Dalmia of Diva | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Now we're cookin' with gas. 


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A Taste Of Mexico's Wine Country

A Taste Of Mexico's Wine Country | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Just a two-hour drive south of San Diego across the Mexican border lies a peaceful Baja California valley brimming with ripened grapes, delicious wines and gourmet cuisine concocted from the freshest of fresh local ingredients.
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Y'all need to go. 

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Selling the World's Most Expensive Gin

Selling the World's Most Expensive Gin | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Inside the Nolet's U.S. headquarters in Aliso Viejo they sell Ketel One, Harlem and Nolet's Gin to mixologists and tastemakers across the country.
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Interesting take on artisinal Gin. Boy. It better be good. 

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Grape harvest gets going early in Napa | The Press Democrat

Grape harvest gets going early in Napa | The Press Democrat | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Grape harvest gets going early in Napa
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The early bird gets the right Total pH, I always say.

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars unveil $7m design for new visitor centre | decanter.com

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars unveil $7m design for new visitor centre | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley unveiled the design for a new visitor centre that's been 10 years in the making at a ceremony held at the estate this week.
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Long overdue architectural redo and  recognition for this amazing area. 

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Altering the Aromatic Profile of Tempranillo Wines Using Foliar Urea Fertilization

Altering the Aromatic Profile of Tempranillo Wines Using Foliar Urea Fertilization | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The use of soil nitrogen fertilization has been frequently studied in grapes for its ability to alter wine aroma, however, the results of these studies have been quite variable.  Some studies found...
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For the enologist in all of us. 

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FoodBev.com | News | Velcorin microbial control agent approved in Canada

Velcorin microbial control agent has been approved for use in water-based non-alcoholic beverages and wine in Canada.
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Ah. "understated notes of Velcorin in the background." 

Clean. So Very Clean. An obsession that may kill us. 

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Producers fighting for US law changes

Producers fighting for US law changes | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Amazing that in 2013 we are still battling prohibition. But we are. 

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Kline on wine: Who wants to limit your choice of wines?

Kline on wine: Who wants to limit your choice of wines? | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Consumers throughout the country face higher prices and few choices, while small wineries that don't produce enough to sell to their provincial wholesaler are left at a competitive disadvantage.
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Unbelievable in 2013. Geez, it is unbelievable in 1913.

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