Chinese beer loses its froth

FINANCIAL TIMES | “This has been a headline year for China’s beer market — but for the wrong reasons. Beer production has fallen for the first time in two decades, a casualty of changing drinking habits.”
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A Guide to New York’s Natural Wine Bars & Neo-Bistros

EATER.COM | “A growing number of New York restaurants and wine bars have taken inspiration from the natural wine scene of Paris and its neo-bistro outposts. There are now a significant number of New York establishments nodding towards the Parisian taste for un-manipulated wine and unadorned spaces to enjoy it in. These are tricky topics to define, since the natural wine participants themselves often avoid any definition of what they are up to that might be co-opted by commercial interests, but some attempt can be made to explain them.”
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Oakland’s new urban wine trail; Tahoe prays for snow

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS | “Last week, Oakland, CA, announced an urban wine trail of its own with 10 wineries, all conveniently walkable, BART-able and bus-able. Three (Jeff Cohn, Cerruti and Rosenblum) are at or near Jack London Square, so we’re adding ferry-able to that transportation list. Three more (Campovida, Irish Monkey and Stage Left) are near the estuary, so we’re calling it kayak-able, too.”
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Wine Folly’s New Book Pairs Data With Your Drink

SEATLLE WEEKLY | “We’re in the midst of the intense geekification of Seattle: As more and more tech workers flock to the city, appealing to their styles and sensibilities has become big business. Yet the language of wine has always been poetry; those inclined to make a pun might say something about purple prose. There’s no doubt that a glass of grand cru Champagne or properly aged Barolo can turn even a relatively stoic sort into a modern-day Omar Khayyam, yet often that very language is opaque and off-putting to many, especially wine neophytes. Those seeking factual information have often been confronted with dense tomes more suitable for scholars than social drinkers.”
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