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Old Chinese spirit seeks new haunts

Old Chinese spirit seeks new haunts

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To other diners on the patio at Santa Ana’s Lola Gaspar, our behavior must have seemed odd. My lunch companion and I were holding two tiny glasses aloft, ready to make a toast. But each time we went to clink, one of us tried to get his cup lower than the other guy’s.

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Baijiu, the potent Chinese spirit you’ve never heard of

Baijiu, the potent Chinese spirit you’ve never heard of

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The history of China is vast, dating back over 4,000 years. Throughout the thousands of years, the dynasties and kingdoms, wars and revolutions, one thing remained constant — China’s production of and passion for Baijiu. Similar to whiskey on a certain level, Baijiu is a grain-based distillate, whose principle base is sorghum.

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How To Make Cocktails With the Most Unmixable Spirit, Baijiu

How To Make Cocktails With the Most Unmixable Spirit, Baijiu

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L.A. bartenders share tips on how to use this potent Chinese spirit The first time I encountered Baijiu (“bye-joe”), the Chinese spirit distilled from sorghum, was in bartender Joseph Brooke’s Mid-City home bar, the Barage. He kept it on his back shelf and dusted it off only for dares.

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Have you tried the world’s best-selling spirit?

Have you tried the world’s best-selling spirit?

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It’s the best-selling distilled spirit in the world, and you’ve probably never heard of it. But it’s poised to make a splash in the US, and it’s time you learned about China’s favorite form of booze: baijiu. Baijiu production dates back at least 1000 years, and many major brands have been in operation for centuries—the oldest still in business, Shui Jing Fang, started in 1408.

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Red Wines For Winter, Spirits For The Lunar New Year

Red Wines For Winter, Spirits For The Lunar New Year

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Boston Wine School’s Jonathon Alsop joinedBoston Public Radio Thursday for an infusion of hearty, winter-appropriate beverages. Alsop offered up a list of  drinks to get you through the record-breaking New England snowfall. You’ll see the entire list below. Jonathon Alsop is the founder of the Boston Wine School, and the author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice,and Lore for the Ardent Aficionado.

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Can Baijiu, The World’s Biggest Selling Spirit, Find A Marketplace In San Francisco?

Can Baijiu, The World’s Biggest Selling Spirit, Find A Marketplace In San Francisco?

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – It’s an estimated $50 billion business without even having a major foothold in the United States.  But ask alcohol consumers about Baijiu and the first thing they’ll likely ask is, how do you pronounce that [it’s bye-jeeoh]?

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US farmers likely raising a glass to China, with sorghum exports soaring

US farmers likely raising a glass to China, with sorghum exports soaring

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China likes its baijiu, which is becoming more popular around the world. A byproduct of that demand is a booming US export market for sorghum. Sorghum exports this year are expected to make up 62 percent of the total amount harvested, the highest proportion since 1975, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service.

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A Guide to Chinese Liquor in Los Angeles

A Guide to Chinese Liquor in Los Angeles

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The history of Chinese liquor dates back to the Neolithic period 9,000 years ago. Made primarily from grain, liquor was originally used for sacrificial ceremonies before evolving into a common beverage consumed warmed and usually before meals — because it was believed that such a combination was good for the body.

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China’s Luxury Liquor Wants to Go Mass Market

China’s Luxury Liquor Wants to Go Mass Market

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Once the pricey quaff of China’s military and government officials, Moutai is pushing for mainstream appeal When President Richard Nixon and Premier Zhou Enlai toasted the opening of China to the U.S. during their historic 1972 banquet in Beijing, it was no surprise that the beverage in their glasses was the searing white spirit called baijiu (pronounced “bye-gee-o”) made by distiller Kweichow Moutai.

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Credit Suisse gives three cheers to Chinese spirits

Credit Suisse gives three cheers to Chinese spirits

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Broker says market leaders will benefit from rebounding demand for premium brands and industry consolidation. Read More : http://on.barrons.com/1F1ZZ0v

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