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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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 7/8/18

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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 ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/17/18

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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 Is It So Hard to Be a Mom in the Wine Business?
Because the wine industry is at least as sexist as everywhere else. Not everything is rosy in the world of rosé wines
Everyone is getting into the game. Marissa Ross Of Bon Appétit: The Sprudge Wine Interview
An interview with the comedienne turned wine commentator. Why Is DRC the World's Most Coveted Wine?
Tyler Colman tells the story. French Winemakers Are Flocking to South Africa-Here's Why
Cheaper than Burgundy for sure. Drones showing their value in vineyards
Temperature variations tell an interesting story. Winemakers and science combine forces in ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/10/18

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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 Fraud's Final Journey
Blake Gray pulls no punches. Fine wine collector Hardy Rodenstock dies
And Decanter throws none. Jefford on Monday: All change at Capion
Russia comes to the Languedoc. Storing Wine on its Side is Nonsense, Says Scientist
Many of the things we thought we knew are wrong. Official Report Blames PG&E Equipment for Many Wine Country Wildfires
Raise your hand if you're surprised. Please Don't Drink Wine When You're Sad
I'm not sure I would go this far, but Marissa does have a point. Wine And Whines: Listening To Insect Booty Calls To Preserve Vineyards
Sexual confusion rules. Carving ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/10/18

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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 Fraud's Final Journey
Blake Gray pulls no punches. Fine wine collector Hardy Rodenstock dies
And Decanter throws none. Jefford on Monday: All change at Capion
Russia comes to the Languedoc. Storing Wine on its Side is Nonsense, Says Scientist
Many of the things we thought we knew are wrong. Official Report Blames PG&E Equipment for Many Wine Country Wildfires
Raise your hand if you're surprised. Please Don't Drink Wine When You're Sad
I'm not sure I would go this far, but Marissa does have a point. Wine And Whines: Listening To Insect Booty Calls To Preserve Vineyards
Sexual confusion rules. Carving ...

Critics Challenge 2018 Highlights

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Once again, I had both the pleasure and the honor of judging at the annual Critics Challenge wine competition, held in (stay classy!) San Diego and helmed by WineReviewOnline.com‘s Robert Whitley. This year, I was paired up with talented author Linda Murphy (whose book American Wine you should absolutely check out, because it kicks all kinds of ass). San Diego view 2018Critics Challenge is top-notch, with excellent, experienced judges and a killer-good volunteer crew (yeah, I don’t understand why they keep inviting me back, either). So the results should, I’d argue, be taken seriously, and you can check out the full list of 2018 medal winners right now at http://www.criticschallenge.com/results.htm. I wanted to highlight the wines that Linda and I collectively awarded Platinum, as there are some fantastic wines – several of which are surprising bargains – in that ...
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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/3/18

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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. Unearthing Portugal's Wine of the Dead, a Relic From the Napoleonic Wars
Bring out yer dead. Abundant Generosity and Unexpected Moments Delight Guests at 38th Auction Napa Valley
A banner year of bidding. Why You Should Be Excited About Port Wine
Elin McCoy says 2016 is all that. In a Northern Italian Wine Region, Raising a Glass with Less Fuss
New retail concepts in Italy. From Campania's Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors
Schooling America on Fiano. The rise of the Red Hills of Lake County
California's volcanic wines. A Great Washington Cabernet from ... a Napa Producer?
Duckhorn expands beyond Napa. Winery ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/17/18

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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 Evolution of Kelli White
R.H. Drexel offers a lovely profile. How Wine and Spirits Professionals Can Better Protect Their Teeth
Or use Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste. How To Run A Small Winery In 2018: Hire A Permanent Team
Changing times in the vineyard labor market How to Get the Most Out of Your Sommelier
Marissa Ross interviews one Abruzzo Is Making White Wine From Grapes You Don't Yet Know
Tom Mullen on Fiano, Pecorino and others. Grand Cru Wineries Offers an Affordable Lafite
But affordable is relative, especially in the Robb Report The dangers of negativity
Jamie good says look on ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/20/18

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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. California Winemakers Nervous About U.S.-China Trade Talks
Tariffs promise to hurt. You're not doing anything wrong when it comes to wine
Unless you're not drinking it. Man Jailed Over Collection of Nazi Wine
Because Hitler tastes lousy in any form. Naked Wines And The Cult Of "Fake News"
Joe Roberts on some lousy marketing. Interview: Managing Oxygen in Red Wine Making
Kelli White interviews some serious winemakers about O2. Got several years and several million dollars? You probably still can't plant a Napa Valley vineyard
For anyone with visions of owning a vineyard in Napa: a reality check. Rioja embraces ...

Naked Wines And The Cult Of “Fake News”

One of the worst aspects of the current state of political “discourse” in the USA is the penchant of leaders in our government towards vocalizing complete and total falsehoods, whenever and however it furthers their individual and/or party agendas, with seemingly little consequence for their actions. Where they deem it necessary, they also repeatedly use this tactic to undermine the credibility of any ideas or expert opinions that they find inconvenient to the forwarding of their agenda, even when those ideas and expert opinions are based on (as in the examples of climate change and global warming) data that are incontrovertible. One need not search far, wide, or for long to find examples of this, many of them technically qualifying as libel, slander, or defamation. Just as the U.S. wine world is not immune from modern cultural and technological shifts, it is, alas, also not immune from this ...
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Wine News: What I’m Reading the week of 5/13/18

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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. Essential Online Wine Stats and Resources - 2018 Edition
Richard Hemming updates his excellent resource list. Cool white wines from hot climates
Patrick Comiskey reports. A Wine Billionaire Emerges in Bordeaux
The value of stewardship. Get to Know Austria's Wine Regions
A primer. The World's Most Underrated Wine Regions
Jason Wilson writes in promotion of his new book. The grape debate: Setting the record straight on natural wine
What Australian winemakers think. Has wine gone bad?
Mainstream media repeating old saws, but a thorough look at the history of natural wine. Brooklyn Winery Busted For Running 'Dangerous' Illegal Moonshine Operation: Authorities
Don't ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/6/18

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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.
Young Innovators Are Raising Puglian Wines' Quality and Image
John Mariani offers his picks. 5 Unexpected, but Totally Worthwhile, American Wine Trips
The tourist point of view. The Vineyard Where Retired French Soldiers Make Wine
Reporting for duty among the vines. Diversity in the World of Wine
Julia Coney tries not to take it personally. Contrasting Fortunes for Fortified Wine
Jim Lawrence says it's murky. Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows
Liza Zimmerman reports. The Complicated and Scandalous History of Islamic Wine Poetry
A scent sweeter than your beloved.... Swartland Wines
One blogger's POV. Jefford on Monday: Mindfulness and wine
Andrew argues for ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/29/18

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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.

Fall Creek Vineyards: Showing Texas' Wine Potential
Christopher Barnes interviews Ed Auler.

The Inspiring and Iconic Women Winemakers of New Zealand's Hawke's Bay Wine Region
Profiles of six of them.

What will fill red burgundy's place?
Jancis muses, and provides alternatives.

Bordeaux 2017 primeurs - what the trade thinks
Let me guess. Too expensive.

Trump - Macron state dinner wines
Dr. Vino has the menu.

You Say Garnacha, I Say Grenache
A report from the Grenache Summit.

Cabernet Franc Is on the Rise in Argentina
So says Amanda Barnes

The PUNCH Insider's Guide to Alt-California
Apparently New California is out. Alt California ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/8/18

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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. How New Jersey is Producing Some of the Best Wines in the East
Lenn Thompson crosses the Hudson. Inside the Wine Cellar at Houston's One Fifth
A nice profile. Chaptalization: new labeling norms could force European winemakers to list sugar as an ingredient
Ingredient labeling is always scary for vintners. Battle for Napa Valley's future: Proposed curb on vineyards divides county
An issue that is fraught. Time for Chile to get Savvy
Blake Gray thinks Chilean San Blanc is under appreciated. Women In Wine: Meet One Of France's Prominent Female Winemakers
A simple profile. One Sommelier Can't Change ...

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/1/18

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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. Brettanomyces: Science & Context
Kelly White digs into the science. California's Cabernet Cult Keeps Growing
But when will it be too much? Black wine is here to turn out the lights on your rosé party
Because the wine PR world needs another gimmick. Chilean Winemaker Learns Napa Lesson
Somewhat ironic to learn to harvest earlier in Napa. How California's Central Coast Winemakers are Making Grenache Their Own
Matt Kettman reports. Cork strikes back
And not in a good way. Ideal Ripeness Varies by Opinion, Not by the Moment
Eric Asimov looks through the lens of Sangiovese The Science ...