Wine News: What I’m reading the Week of 9/27

I read a lot of stuff about wine on the Internet. People frequently ask me for recommendations. But there’s just so much out there and only so much room in my head. In part that’s why I’ve been curating a wine magazine on on Flipboard for the last year or so. But for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, I’ve decided to post a round-up here of what’s caught my eye over the past week.


The King of Value, Daniel Pi, Trapiche
Christopher Barnes on the Mendoza powerhouse.

Great red wines with Minnesota roots
Minnesota mints winemakers.

Forget the damp and the beetles; hope grows on the vines for 2015
East Coast vintners bracing for…. success.

Rebel Harvest
Andrew Jefford on helping bring in the Cava.

Italian Grape Harvest Gives Cause for Celebration
Time to party, say Italian winemakers.

Chilean Winemaker Renan Cancino of El Viejo Almacen de Sauzel/Huaso
Christopher Barnes on Renan Cancino’s traditional wines from Maule.

Trouble in wine paradise as Bordeaux village grapples with cancer rates five times national average
Uh oh. Suspicions over pesticides.

Wine globalization set to continue
Kym Anderson says get used to it.

A Search for Radiance Varner and Neely
Elaine Chukan Brown goes deep into the story of two men in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Burgundy vineyards becoming film sets
Corton is ready for its close up.

Anson on Thursday: The Winery in the Desert
Jane Anson on extreme dry farming in Navarra.

Finding Good Wines in Bad Vintages
Lettie Teague says focus on the producer.

Chile’s Earthquake-Prine Regions Produce Wine Gems Worth Seeking Out
Lauren Mowery profiles Elqui and Limari.

Colares: Into the Heart of Wine’s Lost Region
Zachary Sussman explores a little known (but favorite of mine) region.

Taste-Testing All the Wines at Starbucks’ New, Boozy Evenings Program
Elin McCoy takes one for the team.

Champagne’s forgotten varieties could thrive as temperatures rise
Alain Julien on Petit Meslier, Arbane, Fromentot and more.

Weed’s Effect on Wine Sales
Is pot stealing market share?

Wine O’Clock, Beer O’Clock and the Changing Language of Drinking
Regan Hoffman on liquid vocabulary.

The New, Scruffy Wine Bars Are Some of the Best Restaurants in New York
Grub Street profiles some new places to drink and eat in New York.

Ask a Somm: Do Smooth Italian Wines Exist?
Of course they do, finds Kat Odell.

What Is Unicorn Wine?
How lucky are you? How many of these bottles have you had?

2015 in Champagne – a uniquely continental Pinot year
Tim Hall on Roederer and the 2015 harvest.

Rarified Air
Tim Gaiser tests the $1000 wine gadget no one needs.

What to do with grapes from 150-year-old vines at Olvera Street? Make wine, of course
Irene Virbila on the secret history of Los Angeles wine.

Just Pinot, but not quite Nuits
Andrew Jefford on the value of time… on the vine.

Don’t Tell Donald
Wine Intelligence crunches the numbers on Hispanic wine drinkers

Cru bourgeois votes for two-tier system
Regular and Superieur is the suggestion.

Bestselling book ‘The Wine Bible’ is updated: What’s changed in 14 years?
Irene Virbila notes the update to the Wine Bible

The awkwardness of being a wine snob
Sarah Heller takes up the question of whether knowledge matters.

Wine operations show resiliency with fires
Some bad news, but not nearly as much as there could be, says The Sacramento Bee.

How Uber Is Changing the Way Drunk People Take Wine Tours
Changing the way drunk people SURVIVE wine tours.

Size of Sip ‘Affects Wine’s Taste’
How big is your mouth?

Top 10 Californian Syrah
Jon Bonné picks his CA favorites.

Scientists scour the Mediterranean for endangered grapes to ensure the wine of the gods will pour again
Get yourself a glass of Zibibbo.

Wine – made by dead people – for people not yet born
Alfonso Cevola moves through the veil of memory.