Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/4/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Where You Can Taste Wine as Old as Grandma
A vist to Seppeltsfield Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France's Best-Kept Wine Secret
It's such a sweet little town. Winemaker Christian Moreau on Life in Chablis
He shut up and listened to the Boss. Erasing Montepulciano confusion
About time! Silicon Valley's Backyard Wine Region Goes Digital
Clever, clever. A Journey Into the Mind of a Wine Tourist: What Keeps Them Coming Back for More?
Becca digs into the research. Wine Appreciation: connoisseurship or snobbery?
An excellent consideration. Initial feedback from winegrowers on the Naïo weeding robot
The robots are coming. ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/28/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Portugal bets big on wine tourism
Adam Lechmere reports. New York Wineries Sued over Website Accessibility for Visually Impaired
Curious to find winery sites targeted. Italy's wine industry is being tested by the effects of climate change in its vineyards
Earlier and earlier. How the subscription economy will impact wine
Robert Joseph prognosticates. A Guide to Southern Oregon Wine
Off the usual map. Taking the Concept of Vine Variability to New Levels
Diversity IS the future. Sopexa's world trends: varieties and countries most in demand
The marketing behemoth tells all. 26 new grape varieties identified in Bío Bío
A remarkable gold mine. ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/21/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.
Wine Supply is Hitting a Tipping Point
Rob Forbes does the analysis. And has some interesting insights. Zim somms take on the world - again
And make quite a show of it. Languedoc harvest report 2018
Before the floods. Willamette wineries to produce "Solidarity" wines to help Rogue Valley growers whose fruit was rejected by Copper Cane
Take that, Wagners. New Directions for Washington Wine
An update from the Northwest. Navigating the Changing Landscape of Wine Publicity
It's a jungle out there. Heavy Rains Have Ruined Virginia's Wine Grapes This Year
That's about the long and short of it. As North Coast ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/13/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. The Rise of The Italian Wine Specialist in America
Why we love Alfonso. At World's Largest Food Market, a Sip of Wine After a Night of Butchery
Fascinating. How Martha Stoumen Became a Master of Nero d'Avola
Definitely time for Nero. Sake embeds itself abroad with new U.K. brewery
Interesting choice of location. 100,000L of premium NZ wine set to drench market
Gewurtztraminer proves to be a tough sell. U.S. Wine Retailers And The Constitutional Right To Ship Out Of State
Let's hope the supreme court gets this one right.  Preserving Acidity is the Biggest Issue in Champagne
Thank ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/7/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. New Research Study Highlights Motivational Differences of Wine Consumers by Generation
Do you drink to relax or to socialize? Yes. The Promise and Peril of Mexico's Wine Revolution
Too big, too fast? The Sommelier Finds Room to Breathe
The unsustainable career. Sicily is the Undiscovered Terroir for Syrah
So says one winemaker. Pinot Noir's Sleeping Giant
Oh yes, the Germans are coming. Does Bordeaux Even Want to Change?
Mostly? No. Thieves Strip Vineyard Bare of Grapes
Taking brazen to a new level. They used a machine. One of France's top wine chateaus embroiled in inquiry into 'rigged' St Emilion rankings
The endless ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/30/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Michigan's Protectionist Wine Shipping Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court
Woo hoo! Oregon winegrowers fight to unravel California winery's tangled web of labels
Bad press for Wagner continues. The Messy Business of Additives in Wine
The metaphor of a wayward dog... Pascaline Lepeltier Reveals Her Tactics for Mastering Tasting
Go Pascaline, go! Could the Supreme Court Strike Down Bans on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping?
Spectator's take. Is an imitation wine better than a fake?
Yes, but Christy, have you tasted them? Defining Virginia's Signature Wine Style
Anyone betting on Petite Manseng? Granholm 2!
Exciting. Rising American Wine Regions to Know
Up and ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/23/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. The Wine Industry Doesn't Have An Education Problem, We Have An Engagement Problem
Paul has interesting thoughts, as always. The other Sadies
Quality runs in the family, says Jancis. New Rioja Classification 'Isn't Strict Enough'
Progress, but not enough for some. In Italy, debate over copper fungicide grows increasingly ugly
Sparks flying, says Jeremy Parzen. Large Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes
A class action lawsuit waiting to happen, some say. Running the Numbers on Rudy's Fake Wines
Lots and lots and lots, but maybe not as much as some say. Napa is Luring French Winemakers to Leave ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/16/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. What are Tannins, Really?
Anne Krebiehl breaks them down. Julien Fayard Is a Wine Whisperer Worth Watching
Sara Schneider writes the profile. Idaho's Wine Scene has Endless Potential
Lot's of promise, indeed. Itinerary: Wine Tasting in Argentina's Uco Valley
Because, Malbec. The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take
Because, the scenery. Why China Should Be Your Next Wine Destination
Because, the food. Natural Wine, Explained
Nice try. Should You Be Drinking Wine According to the Moon?
Let's just start with drinking wine. Oregon's French Connection
Liza Zimmerman traces the threads. Elin McCoy: 'What is fine wine, anyway, and what will ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/9/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Owners of Virginia winery stunned after overnight thief snags almost entire grape harvest
Dastardly. Could marijuana give wine a run for its money?
More like a very slow stroll. In Their Own Words, This Is How Seven Professional Wine Writers and Critics Go About Rating a Bottle
Nice piece by Jonathan Cristaldi. Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49
A tragic loss at such an early age. Jane Anson: The wine maps making waves in Bordeaux
I love it that maps are now cool. For Pinot Noir, Put Anderson Valley Among California's Best
Eric Asimov tastes his way through the valley. ...

Fumbling The Ball At Goal-line (Thoughts On The 2018 Lancet Alcohol Study)

Recently, an examination of a rather large data set of studies (we’re talking nearly 200 countries, and over 690 pieces of work involving millions of people) was published in Lancet, and most of my alcohol-loving friends just about lost their sh*t. The reason for the theoretical emergency bowel-vacating stemmed from media coverage of one of the Lancet study’s late conclusions, and the one harpooned by the media and shared pretty much everywhere (emphasis mine):

“Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for disease burden worldwide, accounting for nearly 10% of global deaths among populations aged 15–49 years, and poses dire ramifications for future population health in the absence of policy action today. The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol needs revising, particularly as improved methods and analyses continue to show how much alcohol use contributes to global death and disability. Our results show that the ...

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/2/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Champagne tries to beat heat amid another early harvest
Among the earliest in the past decade. A good reason to make wine fun
We need a reason? North Dakota is trying to produce more wine of its own
Watch those winters, though... 'Ideal' conditions for English wine as 2018 harvest begins
Global warming is helping someone, at least. Rabobank Takes Bets On Future U.S. Wine Market Conditions
And it's full of M&A Trump tariffs could squeeze local wineries
Everything becoming more expensive. North Coast grape growers depend on foreign workers and machines for annual harvest
The grapes must come in. California's ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/26/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Dry American Rieslings Never Tasted So Sweet
Eric Asimov has a dry sense of humor, but a sweet disposition. Now is the Time to Drink Barbera from Piedmont
Nice overview from Kerin O'Keefe Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now
A good list if you want to stray from the main road. Beaumont's Black-Market Wine
Buy the illegal stuff. Andrew Jefford: Wine and the world
What role, wine? You May One Day Have to Live Without Wine, Say Some Experts. Here's Why
You'll die before all the vines, though. Wine's Health Benefits Questioned
Crappy science. China cultivates a grape-growing ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/5/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Let's stop pretending the white wine emoji movement is something it's not
Yes, it's a publicity stunt. But a good one. We Don't Need a White-Wine Emoji
Another opinion. Sexism Sparks Token Wine Gestures
Women winemaker wine lists really aren't enough??? Will Europe Embrace Hybrid Wine Grapes?
Only if they get really desperate. What's Next for Portuguese Wine?
A bright future. Mislabeled vines cause stir among wineries
Graciano missing an "N" ? Sommeliers' Troubleshooting Tips for Challenging Wine Situations
The subtleties of service. Mendocino wildfire explodes into raging monster nearly the size of Los Angeles
Horrifically big. New Zealand wines and the question ...

The Times They… Uhm… Have Changed, Actually (Intowine.com’s Top 100 Most Influential People In The US Wine Industry 2018)

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Folks, we’re getting old. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full five years since my friend, fellow wine competition judge, all-around decent guy, and prolific author Michael Cervin assembled the last edition of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry. So much has changed in those ensuing five revolutions around the Sun that it’s simply mind-boggling to consider the volume… wow, I’m only two minutes into penning this and I already need a drink…! Intowine.com has recently published Michael’s 2018 version of that US wine biz influencer list, and as always the results are almost equal parts educational, seemingly-inevitable, and controversial (at least one of the names from this year’s list has been associated with infamous wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan). While I don’t have detailed insight into how this list gets constructed, I do know that Michael has, ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/29/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Napa County launches plan to help unite community after Measure C fight
The divide was a bitter one. Understanding the Gems of Vinho Verde
A thorough primer. A First Look at Germany's Challenging 2017 Vintage
Fallout from frost. How much should you care about food and wine pairings?
Only as much as you care to. Stephen Colbert Made an Ad for 'Slightly Radioactive' Wine
Har har har. Experts Confirm There Are No Concerns About California Wines Due to Fukushima
Just in case you were tempted towards hysteria. Uncorking the history -- and future -- of wine through DNA
Old varieties might hold ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/22/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. If You've Never Explored French Wine Country, Begin With Beaujolais
Interesting reasoning. The Myth of the Wineglass Collection
You only need one. To be a writer in Los Angeles is to contend with the words of Jonathan Gold
A lovely appreciation. Auguste Clape, Whose Hillside Vineyards Rose to Fame, Dies at 93
Eric Asimov pens the obit. Burgundy's great question
...is: at what point, progress? What Is the Terroir of Synthetic Yeast?
Serious wine-science academics alert. You have been warned. 'Indulgence gap' could be a factor in the future of the wine industry
Rob McMillan explains his data. Pax Mahle Flies Solo
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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/15/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. The Judgement of Paros - The Greek Paradox
Alfonso has a purely Greek moment. German Wineries Launch a New Classification for Sparkling Wine
Interesting development. Will it lead to better wines? Duckhorn Wine Company Buys Kosta Browne
Another big ticket, no doubt. Australia's only Japanese winemaker serves no wine before its time
Always fun to see the hometown paper profile an expat. French winemakers say warning labels will ruin 'the soul of France'
The anti-alcohol lobby is strong. In Wine and Critics, Populists Find an Easy Target
Eric Asimov, as usual, gets it exactly, brilliantly right. What Is Carbonic Maceration in Wine, ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/8/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. The Emergence of Non-Vinifera Wines
Emerging from obscurity and awfulness. How this mother-son duo sold more than $1 million worth of Wine Condoms
How American wine consumers will buy anything called a "wine preservation device" The Proof Is in Their Palates
No men allowed. A line of wines inspired by Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' was killed within hours of its launch after online backlash
Worst wine marketing idea ever? Wine with a rape theme. Horrific marketing copy, too. Nova Scotia Vines Withered by Freeze
That's gonna hurt. Napa's Cabernet Dependency Deepens
Blake Gray watches prices rise. Sorry Mr Parker, but the world ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/1/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Georgian Wine
First, because it's tasty. Taurasi: Italy's Unsung Great Red Wine
Tom Hyland on Aglianico. Jefford on Monday: The Chablis difference
Andrew makes excellent arguments for distinction. Revellers get soaked in wine, all in the name of tradition
Drinking required before, and after, but not during Rooftop vineyard brings local wine to New Yorkers
Just watch the mildew. Heath Watch: NIH Shuts Down $110 Million Study on Alcohol and Health
We need more research, just not custom designed by the industry. French police seize 10 Chinese-owned vineyards in Bordeaux
Ruh roh. France's 2018 growing ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/24/18

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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Jancis Robinson on the new wave of champagne growers
Be organic and don't wear a suit, says Jancis. The man who turned underdog grapes into Virginia's star wines
Dave McIntyre remembers Dennis Horton. Having Your Wine and Drinking It
Christie Canterbury tries out a new device and is surprisingly kind to the thing. How long can wine bloggers keep it up?
David Morrison does some analysis on the Australian wine blogging scene. With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines
Not a surprise. The 'junket' that saved Napa Valley's wine industry
A chance meeting builds a crucial relationship. California wine's ...