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Viognier

Viognier | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The most extraordinary thing about the story of Viognier is how very nearly and how very recently it almost shrivelled to extinction. When I wrote Vines, Grapes & Wines in 1985 (for publication in 1986) I was able to identify records of just 32 hectares or 80 acres of it planted in the entire
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A great longish read about a trendy variety that almost didn't make it out of the Rhone...

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Bordeaux First-Growth Wines Drop to 18% of Liv-Ex Market Share - Businessweek

Bordeaux First-Growth Wines Drop to 18% of Liv-Ex Market Share - Businessweek | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The Drinks Business Bordeaux First-Growth Wines Drop to 18% of Liv-Ex Market Share Businessweek Bordeaux first-growth wines fell to 18 percent of trade by value on the London-based Liv-ex wine market at the end of last month from 66 percent at the...
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Well, did anyone think this really wouldn't happen?

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In the spirit: Find a liqueur to love at Distill America 2014 : 77-square

In the spirit: Find a liqueur to love at Distill America 2014 : 77-square | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Now in its sixth year, Distill America returns on Feb. 22 with 55 tables of spirits from bilberry gin and aquavit to baby bourbon and domestic rum.
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The roll continues for Craft Spirits. Hotsy Totsy. 

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schiller-wine: Tour at Tonnellerie Berger et Fils: How is a Barrique Made? Bordeaux, France

schiller-wine: Tour at Tonnellerie Berger et Fils: How is a Barrique Made? Bordeaux, France | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Expensive and worth it. 

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Bordeaux 2013: ‘Not the most difficult vintage’

Bordeaux 2013: ‘Not the most difficult vintage’ | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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And for the defense...

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Who Buys Wine Over $20? | Wine News & Features | wine-searcher

Who Buys Wine Over $20? | Wine News & Features | wine-searcher | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Who Buys Wine Over $20?. And what are they drinking? Read the latest wine news & features on wine-searcher

Via Frank Haddad
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Very Telling that 88 percent of High end buyers by 20-30$ wines. 

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PUNCH | Is Wine “Tonging” the New Sabering?

PUNCH | Is Wine “Tonging” the New Sabering? | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Port tongs were invented in the 18th century as a way to cleanly decapitate bottles of vintage port whose old corks might otherwise break or disintegrate w
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Everything old is new again. I love this. 

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Baja Meets New York

Baja Meets New York | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
A Mexican Wine + Food Festival
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20 years ago my husband moved out here from NYC. He had never had guacamole in his life. Now he likes to bathe in it.

How times have changed.

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Craft distilleries growing in U.S. and St. Louis - KSDK

Craft distilleries growing in U.S. and St. Louis - KSDK | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Craft distilleries growing in U.S. and St. Louis
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ST. LOUIS - Beer is not the only "craft" industry seeing substantial growth. The craft spirits industry has exploded in popularity over the last 10 years.
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Not sure how this photo moves the craft spirits industry forward, but that's how they roll in St. Louis. 


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North Texas craft distilling growing

North Texas craft distilling growing | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
DALLAS (AP) — Austin is the undisputed Texas capital of craft spirits. But the Dallas area — despite lagging in many trendy categories — is making inroads in this fast-growing industry.
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Vampire hair cut, but he sure cuts a sartorial profile. 

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Curing with Gin: Recipes and Tips for the Home Cook

Curing with Gin: Recipes and Tips for the Home Cook | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
As a culinary technique, curing has ancient roots.
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How can you not love this? Impossible. Just not possible. 

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Frederick Wildman Juice

Frederick Wildman Juice | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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I love this importer's updates. 

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Q & A with Frank Bruni

Q & A with Frank Bruni | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Interview with Frank Bruni
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He's smart and cool. Nice piece.

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The 5 Craft Spirits you Must Drink to Celebrate Presidents Day | Main St. Distilleries

The 5 Craft Spirits you Must Drink to Celebrate Presidents Day | Main St. Distilleries | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
RT @MainStDistillin: Our 5 Craft Spirits to celebrate Presidents Day http://t.co/yFfsGhEu22 @MountVernon @JeffsBourbon @bluecoatgin @Privat…
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And look for Coppersea back east.  A must. 

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This Video Demystifies Wine Terms Like "Aerate," "Corked," and "Tears"

This Video Demystifies Wine Terms Like "Aerate," "Corked," and "Tears" | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Wine is an amazing--and ancient--drink, and while opinions on how to judge its quality and value differ, one thing is certain: There's a lot of language around it. This video from Science Friday explains why some of our favorite wine hacks work, and demystifies terms like "corked," "tears," and more.
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A useful video for newbies. 

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A Bumper Crop of Apple Brandies

A Bumper Crop of Apple Brandies | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Craft distillers are putting this essential American spirit, the toast of the colonial era, back on the bar.
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Mmmm. Delicious. 

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Act of ‘good faith’: Wine brands face new trademark law in China as of May 1 : Grape Wall of China

Act of ‘good faith’: Wine brands face new trademark law in China as of May 1 : Grape Wall of China | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Wine Police theory Catching on here. And about time. 

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Bordeaux 2013: Low-key en primeur campaign expected as Le Pin pulls out | decanter.com

Bordeaux 2013: Low-key en primeur campaign expected as Le Pin pulls out | decanter.com | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Bordeaux is set for a low-key en primeur campaign this year, with some describing 2013 as the region's worst vintage for 20 years and one high-profile chateau - Le Pin - already confirming it will not take part.
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A bit of a pickle. No pun intended. 

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Prestigious Chateaux mobilize to say #Stop2013BordeauxBashing

Prestigious Chateaux mobilize to say #Stop2013BordeauxBashing | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
The communication campaign #Stop2013BordeauxBashing is now in full swing with some great names of Bordeaux rising up against some criticisms about the 2013 vintage. Christian Seely's post , director of Axa Millesimes ( Pichon Baron, Petit Village, Suduiraut .... ) will probably remain in the history
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Ahem. But they have a point.

That said, 

"There's no crying in baseball."

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schiller-wine: Italy’s Top Wines and Winemakers - Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia 2014

schiller-wine: Italy’s Top Wines and Winemakers - Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia 2014 | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Great little piece. Gambero Rosso rocks.

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Wine Myths Debunked

Wine Myths Debunked | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
Free your palate by discarding these popular misconceptions about wine.
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Make a some copies and put them on all the cars outside of wine shops. Please. Today. Now. 

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Georgian wine may be marketed at Sochi Olympics | News | Democracy & Freedom Watch

Georgian wine may be marketed at Sochi Olympics | News | Democracy & Freedom Watch | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
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Oh boy. Progress. 

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Price Becoming "No. 1 Weapon" in U.S. Wine Market

Price Becoming "No. 1 Weapon" in U.S. Wine Market | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it

Fredrikson [...] is already seeing wines in the $10-and-under range slowing their growth or even losing ground to other alcohol drinks like craft beers, flavored spirits and ciders. For instance, sales of $3-to-$7 chardonnay in U.S. food stores were down nearly 3 percent in 2013 from the year before, he reported.

“That’s our bread and butter. That’s the industry’s foundation,” Fredrikson said. “It makes me nervous to see this.”


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I'm shocked. Just shocked. :))

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The Drinks Business- 30 Winemakers Under 40 to Watch (featuring Jaboulet's Caroline Frey)

The Drinks Business- 30 Winemakers Under 40 to Watch (featuring Jaboulet's Caroline Frey) | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
#10: Taking the helm from her father Jean Jacques at her family’s 80-hectare Haut- Médoc third growth Château La Lagune in 2004, under Frey’s stewardship the wines have undergone a renaissance, leading US wine critic Robert Parker to gush: “Today,...
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40 is the new twenty. But she looks eleven, I swear. 


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On Being Incongruent1 or A Very Dry Season

On Being Incongruent1 or A Very Dry Season | Southern California Wine and Craft Spirits Journal | Scoop.it
On Being Incongruent1 or A Very Dry Season It has been a long, dry season.2 This is likely the driest year in Northern California for as long as anyone has been keeping records, coming off of two previous dry years; that we have experienced now...
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He's poetic and a bit long winded, but brilliant. Get a cup of coffee.

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