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Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/17

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the Interwebs. 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 quirkage of wine bottle corkage
Mary Orlin offers a corkage 101.

Fire sweeps through Overberg wine plot in half an hour
Tragic loss.

Top Bordeaux wine maker guilty of misusing £450,000 in EU subsidies
I'm sure this is not the first time this has happened.

Tuscan wine makers back cull of 250,000 wild boar and deer
How well does wild boar sausage go with Chianti? Only one way to find out.

Las Vegas consultant drops defamation lawsuit over fake wine claims
Not prepared to prove his innocence in court?

Can the shape and design of a glass affect the taste of wine?
No. But it affects the aroma.

A look at wine culture throughout the Arab world
A brief overview of key producers in different Arab countries.

Jefford on Monday: Toxic advice
More analysis on the new alcohol intake recommendations in the UK.

Napa County Shows Teeth Over Permits
Pressure mounts for more rigorous enforcement

Atlantic Spain
A primer from the folks at Vinous

What's the Big Deal About Campania?
Tom Hyland talks Taurasi

Vintners have high hopes for their grapes
Japanese wine from a "hilly wasteland"

Climate extremes threaten Australia's wine industry
Sizzling or soggy. Choose your poison.

Santa Cruz Cabernet: Wines You Never Knew
Uh oh. Secret is out.

Jefford on Monday: The organic audit
Checking in on the state of organic viticulture

Wine and Dine
You should always cook with wine. And sometimes put it in your food!

Sipping Wine and Learning the True Definition of Acting from Severus Snape
Not really a wine story, but still.

The pricey Swiss wine that could end up on the Queen's table
Ever heard of Electus?

Eighty-Three Years After Repeal Of Prohibition, U.S. States Still Shackle The Wine Trade
Free the grapes!

A wine bar in a hospital? Why not?
Have a glass of Burgundy and call me in the morning.

The question of vintage: wine, weather and labels
What do those numbers mean anyway?

The Rich History of Hungarian Wine
The next big thing?

Napa's Fermenting Your Wine With Submarine Technology
Submerged cap anyone?

Could Drinking Red Wine Lead to Better Sex?
Worth a try!

Wine's Role in Pre-Roman Italy Revealed
Ancient burial rites included booze.

The Best Italian Wine Comes From... New Zealand?
New varieties showing well in the NZ Wine Awards

High-rise to be Built Over 'World's Oldest Cellar'
Progress versus wine archeology

Williams continues to make history at Brooks Wines
A long profile of Brooks Winery and the story behind its current state

The wine legend who helped put Burgundy on the world map
A profile of DRCs Aubert de Villaine

Will a mislabeled wine distort your blood alcohol content?
Erica Symanski on claims that wine labelling errors lead to consumer misjudgment.

Smashing Solution to Chinese Wine Fraud
Romanee-Conti has been smashing bottles for years.

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Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Wine Grapes The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson to cork or not to cork by George Taber reading between the vines by Terry Theise adventures on the wine route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud