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One Thing California Can Learn From France

I know that I have been a little tough on French wine lately, but there are things I admire about their industry. Despite all of its bureaucratic inefficiencies and generally anti-competitive behavior, the AOC still has merit. I certainly do not think that everything they are doing is bad; far from it. Of course the AOC could be improved, but California could definitely learn from France’s regulation of their best Appellations.

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The French AOC System: Legislating Mediocrity

A few days ago, I wrote about, French Terroir vs. California Innovation: You Decide. After reviewing that post, I’d like to examine the French AOC system in a little more depth. While most of Europe and even some New World countries have modeled their wine governance systems on the AOC, it is fair to ask whether these laws actually help consumers, or if they merely give mediocre producers a safer framework to market their wines.

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Is Slight Oxidation Necessary to Age Wine?

Today, Budburst had an interesting post about the different types of off aromas in wine and where they originate. The controversial subject of wine closures centers on TCA or cork taint. While this is certainly the central issue, underneath the surface is the question of how oxidation helps wine age. Aside from aesthetic reasons, this is the chief reason that natural cork is still used for high quality wines.

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How much does it cost to make your wine?

Zinquistion recently posted on the topic, Why does good California wine cost so much? Saint Vini gave a very thorough breakdown of where the money for a $20 bottle of wine actually goes. The thing that I found most striking about the conclusion was that not only does the winery only make about $1.12 per bottle, but most if not all of this must be reinvested.

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California Wines for Thanksgiving

Good Wine Under $20 recently posted two very interesting articles on wine pairing suggestions for Thanksgiving. I completely agree with their advice to keep your wine selections affordable during the holidays. Here are a few of my favorite California wines to pair with your turkey dinner this year.

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French Terroir vs. California Innovation: You Decide

There is a great deal of controversy over the validity of the French concept of terroir in California. For those of you who don’t know, terroir is the physical, chemical, and social factors that affect a piece of land and the wine that it produces.

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Update! America's Wine Consumption Trends

A few days ago, Saint Vini from The Zinquisition wrote his annual summary of American wine consumption trends. As Saint Vini says, the numbers look quite good overall. California was up 4.1% and the nation’s consumption increased 2.1%.

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Are the Top Napa Cabs Actually Worth the Price?

Ryan from VineSugar touched on the issue if expensive wines are worth the price. In, Top Napa Cabs… check! he raises the excellent point that even if you rarely or never drink top wines, it is important to try at least one excellent wine if for no other reason than to gain some perspective.

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Follow up on "Three Perspectives on Cult Cabernets"

In a recent post, , Three Perspectives on Cult Cabernets Alder Yarrow of Vinography rose the question if Cult Cabernet Sauvignons are worth the price. More specifically, he examined if a $100 bottle of wine is ten times better than a $10 one. This is a difficult question that elicits strong opinions on both sides.

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Officially Launched!

Welcome to the first post of the Calwineries Blog! We are excited to launch, and hope that our site and blog provide you with valuable information on California wine. Our site is designed to make the complicated subject of California wine more accessible and approachable.

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