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Champagne and Wines for my guests! image

Whenever I invite friends and family I pop open magnums of Champagne: Cool crowd and cheering moods follow. I have never been a New Year or wedding celebrations only type. For me Champagne is an every moment and any time type. And French celebs’ say you need it when your down and deserves it when you win. Champagne is an icon? Good for me! And why not preferring quality to quantity? I always prefer a glass of very good bubbles to a bottle of average. Wouldn’t you do the same with your friends? Pick jus one BFF to a load of followers on social media? If not then, champagne is not for you. Nothing wrong with it. Just not my ...

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Small Bites and upcoming trends image

The beer industry’s forecasts an important decline of consumption…with the legalization of cannabis . But more important to me is the evolution of food to be paired with our wines in the future: With the passage of prop 64 cannabis cooking moves toward the mainstream you could be sitting in a nice restaurant in Santa Monica, chatting with friends and enjoying food while suddenly …There it comes an easy smile a sense of euphoria .Yet it is not the wine or the company but the food . Is it a fantasy of mine ?Not a all but Herb a cannabis focused restaurant is set to open along our PCH in Santa Monica later this year , pioneering weed-infused fine dinning in ...

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The influence of terroir on wine flavor image

From humble agricultural origins to officially protected status terroir in French means Terre or soil from a similar latin word terra (land) and terrarorium (territory). Very soon the Ciscterian monks connected the land to the expressions and qualities concentrated in the wines and french sentence « gout de terroir « meant taste of the soi lit comes from the terroir . Burgondy and Bordeaux since the 17 th century threw the bases of French AOC (for Appellation d’Origine Controlee )officialized since 1935 . The AOC system developped the guarantee of a sourcing assuring premium quality wines and the word terroir , even traced into Roman times became scientifically demonstrated by Bordeaux Oenology University (Pr ) where I graduated from . Of cause ...

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Organics & The Paradox Of Globalization image

Sustainability is business practices that are environmentally friendly, socially equitable and economically viable in long term. In the wine industry: sustainable vineyard is creating healthy soil with compost and cover crops and reducing use of pesticides, lower water & energy use on vineyard & in cellar ORGANIC FOOD AND WINE: THE GLOBALIZATION OF REGIONS Cultural globalization does not only mean uniformity or standardization. It also revives local, high quality production: return to source type of consumption (growing 3 to 4% annually). Food is grow locally & and respect the environment. Wine production has 2 main stages: the vineyard & the cellar. Definition of organic wine is wine made with organically grown grapes and refer to stage 1 only. Reason for ...

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Top Trends In Wine Consumption image

Dining out more and spending more High frequency wine drinkers are apparently feeling better about their finances than the population in general, because 20 % of them are dining out more often. Nielsen’s survey also showed that 24 %are spending more on wine when they do. So, let’s have fun, you only live once. The discovery continues The fastest growing wine categories are not traditional picks like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Climbing the charts are sparkling; red blends from California and also still going strong, French rosé, reported Nielsen. So, let’s try this Malibu Pearl an Admirable white wine based on the rare Viognier varietal. By-the-glass is number one The number one factor prompting a diner to order wine is ...

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In 2014, we decided to switch tying technic from “Cordon” to “Guyot”. What does it mean? “Cordon” is very common in dry regions as it gathers most, if not all, of the grapes on one line. This makes the vines easy to treat and harvest; so cheap as well. But, as we emphasized earlier, ADMIRABLE Family Vineyards benefit from a coastal daily mist and we need to limit the humidity that harms the fruits. It is a very precise process and demands to be very careful and delicate. “Guyot” or “Double Guyot” means taking shoots from the side and let the vine spread its wings. The air flows into the plants for just the right amount of humidity and natural ...

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Wine Tasting: The 6-S Technique image

Even though it’s called “wine tasting”, sampling wines is actually a feast for all senses. Just follow the S’s:  1. See: Golden yellow, deep purple, salmon… admire a wine’s color first by holding your glass up to the light. 2. Smell: Swirl the wine in your glass, then inhale the aroma (from the grapes) and the bouquet (from the wine-making process). See if you can make out subtle hints of other familiar smells – like apples, citrus, even chocolate! 3. Sip: Take a small sip, roll it around in your mouth and breath in a little air to release the aroma. Notice the texture – how it feels in your mouth. Is it light and refreshing or full and robust? ...

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France: established demand for organic food image

France is leading market for organic wine. France dominates in term of quality. Leaving “niche” status behind. Positive market signals encourage conversion. Consumers are sensitive to the environment. A HIGH DEMAND FOR ORGANIC WINE France is world’s leading market for organic wines. France dominates in term of quality. Niche status left behind and is now gaining traction due to positive market signals which are encouraging conversions. Consumers are informed wine enthusiasts sensitive to the environment & organic produce in general. COMPLEX DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS In France organic wine was exported mainly to Germany, US & Japan via Direct sales (38% of total sales in 2013) and specialized stores (25% in 2013). Other channels for sale of organic wine are Supermarkets and ...

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Our White Wines – ADMIRABLE Wines image

During 30 years of making wines, I have made changes through comparisons: degrees of ripeness at harvest (BRIX), choice of yeast, oak aging, malolactic fermentation and the potential addition of specialized fermentation products like sacrificial tanning during fermentation, enzymes, or specific inactivated yeast nutrient products PH and BRIX Year after year, I wish to produce very consistent wines. Depending on the outside weather and temperature, the PH level is lower than “ideal” and total acidity high. Some have tried to correct the growing conditions in order to make ripening more predictable: the clusters appearing less mature or too numerous are cut off allowing the vine to ripen more evenly. Mt personal belief and even more true under the Malibu Californian ...

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Cabernet Day – September 1st image

Labor Day is observed in the U.S. on every first Monday in September as a day to recognize the contributions of American workers of all industries to the U.S. economy. It is also meant to give workers a well-earned day off to relax at home or to get out for recreation. BE READY TO CELEBRATE CABERNET DAY WITH ADMIRABLE WINES ON THURSDAY 1st! To put you in the mood, here are some facts you might not know about the Cabernet varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Cabernet Franc + Sauvignon Blanc Cabernet Sauvignon is a half-sibling of Merlot (see our wines presentations ) Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted vineyard in the world It has higher levels of an aroma compound called ...

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