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Spank Them. China’s Communist Party warns cadres: No wine at lunch, no expensive wedding banquets

Spank Them. China’s Communist Party warns cadres: No wine at lunch, no expensive wedding banquets | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
BEIJING — Lavish weddings, fancy holidays and lunchtime wine on the public dime were among transgressions detailed Tuesday that led China’s ruling Communist Party to discipline 2,290 officials so far this year in a frugality campaign...
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Seriously. The End is near.

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10 Warnings For Visitors to Napa Valley - Fermentation

10 Warnings For Visitors to Napa Valley - Fermentation | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Visiting Napa Valley? Coming to "Wine Country" to soak up some of that good life? Heading our way for a relaxing getaway. Good! We are very pleased you are
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Yep. All the newbies need to read this. 

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TTB's New Guidelines on Social Media and Blogs - Beverage Trade Network

TTB's New Guidelines on Social Media and Blogs - Beverage Trade Network | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
TTB's New Guidelines on Social Media and Blogs
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Better be nice he's checkin' it twice...

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China wine blog: Grape Wall of China, a nonprofit site with wine makers, distributors, academics, writers, consultants and consumers as contributors

China wine blog: Grape Wall of China, a nonprofit site with wine makers, distributors, academics, writers, consultants and consumers as contributors | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
China wine blog Grape Wall of China is a nonprofit site written by wine makers, distributors, academics, writers, consultants and consumers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shanxi, and elsewhere and covering tastings, harvests, grapes, Chinese wine, and more.
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From Jim Boyce. Great stuff. 

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Laura Ness: A wine escape

Laura Ness: A wine escape | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Picture a sun-baked landscape where hills tan like deerskin, and a breeze that keeps the scrubby old oaks reaching for their roots.
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Silicon Valley wineries: You don't need a Tesla, bad hair and skinny jeans to visit. 

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Chinese drinkers won over to online buying

Chinese drinkers won over to online buying | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
More than a third of wine and imported spirits on the mainland is being bought online as Web retailers are increasingly finding favour with the country's technology-savvy consumers....
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This is going to be huge for this market. As will mobile/cellular sales. 

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Aging potential? What aging potential? - PALATE PRESS

Aging potential? What aging potential? - PALATE PRESS | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
This is a common sentence in wine reviews: Should continue to develop for 10-12 years. You see it all over the Wine Spectator. In the Wine Advocate, it's
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Had any of the much ballyhooed 1997 Napa Cabernets lately folks? Next to the lambasted rained out 1998's? Spot on here. As for me, I actually like the taste of fruit. 

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Italy’s most important grapes

Italy’s most important grapes | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Grapes are like actors. There are regional differences, but they all make wine. Italian grape names. Marvelous. 

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British Columbia Wineries Eye Indian market

British Columbia Wineries Eye Indian market | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Gigantic market, potentially as big as China. 

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Jancis Robinson on Muscadet and Beaujolais - FT.com

Jancis Robinson on Muscadet and Beaujolais - FT.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
France has two wine regions famous for whites and reds respectively that are nowhere near each other but whose histories have been spookily similar.
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Great piece on two lovely unsung everyday heroes. 

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Rabobank Report: Cider consumption continues to soar; super-premium and value brands to prosper - Rabobank

Rabobank Report: Cider consumption continues to soar; super-premium and value brands to prosper - Rabobank | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Cider, folks. Cider. 

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Are flavoured wines a good thing, or completely evil? — jamie goode's wine blog

Are flavoured wines a good thing, or completely evil? — jamie goode's wine blog | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Ah. Jamie Goode...always good. No pun intended. 

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China solar panel agreement brings hope for EU wine resolution | decanter.com

China solar panel agreement brings hope for EU wine resolution | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The European Commission has reached a preliminary agreement with Beijing over imports of Chinese solar panels, raising expectations from the wine industry of a solution to the anti-dumping investigation.
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Personally, I think they ought to give solar systems away for cost and trade for Carbon Credits. 

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Tokaj; Basilicus Szőlőbirtok - Wine Virtuosity

Tokaj; Basilicus Szőlőbirtok - Wine Virtuosity | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Basilicus, a newly established wine estate in Tarcal, adds a much needed wine tourism to the region.
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Always, Always, Always such a special part of the world.

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World's First Animated Label Wine Release - WSJ.com

World's First Animated Label Wine Release - WSJ.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Appropriate somehow today.
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Soul Tree Wines looks to put Indian wine into the mainstream

Soul Tree Wines looks to put Indian wine into the mainstream | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Soul Tree Wines looks to put Indian wine in to the mainstream
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Hmmm. 

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As if the French Wine Industry didn't have enough local problems. Carcassonne bomb explosion linked to militant winemaker group | decanter.com

As if the French Wine Industry didn't have enough local problems. Carcassonne bomb explosion linked to militant winemaker group | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
The headquarters of the local Aude socialist party in Carcassonne was the site of a bomb explosion around midnight on Tuesday, July 16.
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They need to drink more and explode less. Please. How on earth is this moving the winebusiness anyway but backward? Seriously. 

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Don't you just love China? China Wine Q&A: Weiley Lu on The Loop, bottles for beginners, WSET and more | Grape Wall of China

Don't you just love China? China Wine Q&A: Weiley Lu on The Loop, bottles for beginners, WSET and more | Grape Wall of China | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Weiley Lu cracks a bottle at The Loop. ~ By Jim Boyce Former restaurant / bar The Loop reopened as a wine shop last night in the Sanlitun area of Beijing.
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Such a cool country. Mostly. 


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Central Valley Business Times

Central Valley Business Times. Probing the Business of California's Great Central Valley.
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Great article on what is driving mass market growth of U.S. wine sales: A little RS, less fussy labels, modern packaging alternatives, and of course, pricing. Please read this. 

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Interview: Doug Shafer | decanter.com

Interview: Doug Shafer | decanter.com | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
Shafer Vineyards has consistently donated one of the top lots to the Premiere Napa Valley auction that takes place annually in the winter in the Napa Valley.
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I was working with these wonderful wines when all it was was a shack on the valley floor. They haven't missed a step. 

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SVB on Wine: Mid-Year State of the Wine Business

SVB on Wine: Mid-Year State of the Wine Business | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Four words: Imports, interest rates, and water. 

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Quinta do Noval is now in China | Christian Seely’s Blog

Quinta do Noval is now in China | Christian Seely’s Blog | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
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Always ahead of the curve, he is.


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Property Crushes Hedge Funds in Alternative Markets

Property Crushes Hedge Funds in Alternative Markets | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
“Why would anyone invest in the stock market?”
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(Some) Wine is up there with precious metal, vintage Ferraris, and FCOJ futures no doubt. 

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Winemakers Blind Taste Each Other's Trials

Winemakers Blind Taste Each Other's Trials | Southern California Wine  and  Craft Spirits | Scoop.it
 
Napa Valley winemakers get instructions from Elizabeth Van Emst, West Coast operations manager for Cooperages 1912, before blind tasting one of 21 trials during The Winemakers Tasting at The Culinary Institute of America,...
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Ever been in a room with a bunch of winemakers? You've never been to a better party. What great people and minds.

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