Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/11

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.


12 Everyday Bottles for Wine Lovers
Eric Asimov on the wines he always wants around.

Jefford on Monday: Underground terroir – Ardeche wines
Andrew Jefford goes traveling, underground.

Keynote Address 2015: Saturday 12th September, 2015
Robert Joseph gives the keynote address for the Nederberg Auction in South Africa

New law gives more freedom to California alcohol producers on social media
‘Bout damn time, people.

Give me 5 – the Michel Rolland interview
Le Pan asks 5 questions of the famed flying winemaker.

François Millet: From Chambolle to Central
Burgundy comes to New Zealand.

Sonoma’s Subtle Superstar
Linda Murphy profiles Walter Schug two days before he passes away.

Gibraltar to turn wartime tunnels into wine vaults
Best idea I’ve heard in a while.

Masters of Meursault
Jancis Robinson on a tasting of Coche and Lafon.

Douro – harvest report 2015
Paul Symington guest authors the harvest report for Jancis Robinson.

These Winemaking Punks Are Bringing Anarchy to the Vineyard
Laura Martin writes about the phenomenon of Collectif Anonyme.

From Serra to Syrah: The Bloody Roots of California’s Vineyards
Frances Dinkelspiel writes on the little known bloody history of CA wine.

Italy becomes world’s largest wine producer ahead of France
Euronews on the continual decline of French output.

Sauvignon Scam Rocks Friuli Wine
Jeremy Parzen on the scandalized Sav Blancs.

Portugal without the port: the joys of Douro wines
Victoria Moore on the highly undervalued.

The Great Equalizing of Natural Wine
Jon Bonné describes the evolution he sees.

Protecting Cornas
Evan Dawson on efforts to save the vineyards from development

Wine as an Aphrodisiac
Cathrine Todd meets author Isabel Forêt and talks sex and wine.

How Big Is China’s Counterfeit-Wine Problem? French Report Calls It An Industry
The Spectator shares news about a pretty damning report.

Why MOVI, the Chilean Movement of Independent Vintners is Important
Christopher Barns highlights the little guys.

Murat Güner of Seville Wines in Izmir, Turkey
Christopher Barns interviews the proprietor of one of Turkey’s most prominent brands.

Understanding Kosher Wine
Nickolaus Hines breaks it down.

Why are we here?
Robert Joseph reveals the secrets for getting rich in the wine business.

The Science of Wine: How Banfi Wines Uses Innovation to Stay Ahead
Christopher Osburn on how science = better wine.

Wine: why the Jura is a mine of new discoveries for the discerning wine lover
Fiona Beckett adds to the furor.

Why Some Mexican Wine Smells Like Raw Meat
A sommelier talks about his local wines.

What Really Goes Down in a Wine Tasting Room
Lettie goes “behind the scenes.”

Beauty and the Brunello: A Wine Love Story in Tuscany
Katie Bell profiles Emilia Nardi of Silvio Nardi.

8 overrated wine countries around the world — and where to go instead
Business Insider tries to offer some alternatives.

Customers Sue California Retailer for Failure to Deliver Wines
Sounds like I’m not the only one who never got some wines.

The World’s Largest Category of Fine Wines?
Matt Kramer on his criteria for a “UTR” wine.

Forget Red, White, and Rosé–Orange Wine Is What You Should Be Sipping This Fall
You know Orange Wine is hot when Vogue is talking about it.

How Yeast Influences the Flavour of Your Wine
Not big news to anyone who understands winemaking.

Aspen Times Weekly: Making a Great Wine List
Kelly Hayes on his criteria for a great wine list.