Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/6

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 foodie traveller … drinks orange wine in Italy and Slovenia
This is the week of Orange Wine apparently.

African Americans shake up wine industry stereotypes
Still too rare in the industry.

Greek wine over a barrel
Politico reports on the effects of the crisis on Greek winemakers

Jancis Robinson on wine experts versus amateurs
How things have changed….

Easy to Buy, Easy to Drink: How Rosé Became the Drink of Summer
Levi Dalton analyzes the phenomenon.

What The Hell Orange Wine Is, And Why It’s The New Rosé
The Huffington Post joins the fray. I think this means officially they are no longer trendy.

What’s the Point of Scoring Wines?
Will Lyons talks numbers.

Writing the Modern Wine Menu
Jennifer Fiedler explores the newest incarnation of the wine list.

Australia: The Wine Destination of the Year
Bruce Schoenfeld goes down under.

Champagne Cork Grounds Plane
Now that will put a damper on your trip.

Chardonnays from the ‘True’ Sonoma Coast Are as Good as White Burgundy (for a Lower Price)
Elin McCoy reports on a blind tasting (that I attended) and her takeaway.

More Cabernet in Bordeaux: Climate change and wine
A brief interview with a French research director on the subject.

Gases in a Bottle: Does More Carbon Dioxide in Wine Mean Better Protection from Oxygen?
Remy Charest digs into the fallacy that CO2 preserves wine.

Debate: Are manipulated wines unnatural?
Doug Frost, MW takes on the question with aplomb.

Chablis rushes to salvage harvest after hailstorm
Only 10-15% of the vineyards are affected, but many are Grand Cru.

At La Garagista, Hybrid Grapes Stand Up to Vermont’s Elements
Eric Asimov takes a look at the redheaded stepchildren of grape varieties.

Keeping cool with 2005 burgundies
Jancis Robinson shares her favorites from an excellent vintage.

The Finger Lakes region produces choice wine, which can be a model for Minnesota vintners
Bill Ward points his local vintners on their way.

Alibaba Brings the Taste of Napa Valley Wine to China
Mondavi goes big on TMall.

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?
NPR’s The Salt explores the science behind the hypothesis.

In Wine, Accidental Superstars Abound
David White explores the happy accidents

Wine Glasses Slim Way Down
Riddle seems to be responding to the popularity of Zalto?

Ben Kingsley on Hollywood and Wine
Inside the cellar of a wine-curious celebrity.

Smoky Washington Wine Grape Harvest
Washington, like California, seems to have dodged the bullet.

Napa poised to TKO the European grapevine moth
And good riddance.

Secrets of Cork Testing Revealed
Laurie Daniel tells you everything you may never want to know about corks.

The Island Wines Under $25 You Need Right Now
The folks at Punch have some recommendations for you.

Drought Brings Soul-Searching to California Winemaking
Eric Asimov on the lack of water in California.

Crowd Funds 10,000 Cultivars
Randall Grahm’s crowd-funding project to plant a new kind of vineyard.

Why don’t wine companies boast about sales like movie companies?
Blake Gray asks interesting questions.

The Evolution of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Nickolaus Hines on the state of the Hills.

Not Your Grandmother’s Sherry
A primer on the hot “new” wine by BARBARA STURGIS.

The Political Troubles and the Incredible Potential of Turkish Wine
Christopher Barnes reports on something of a tragedy in Turkey.