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

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.


Sauternes – Next Stop, Disaster?
Well, things aren’t quite that bad.

Spain wins world wine-tasting contest, debutant US last
Oh the shame, the shame. But there’s only one way to go from here.

Greek Wines See a Revival in the Bay Area
Where to drink good Greek wines in San Francisco

How to read a wine list
Jancis Robinson reveals her secret techniques for ordering wine

What Do Wine Lovers Mean by ‘Smooth’?
Lettie Teague on a troublesome wine term.

Digging Deeper into Paso Robles’ New Appellations
Matt Kettman on the new subdivisions.

Blaufränkisch, an Austrian Red Just Waiting to Be Discovered
Amen, brother. Amen.

Dunne on Wine: If Thomas Jefferson could see his Virginia now
Mike Dunne takes a road trip.

Popular U.S. wine brands to get Aussie owner
Treasury Wine Estates goes on a shopping spree

Bayer expects charges in 2016 as wine growers link fungicide to crop damage
Chemicals gone bad.

The great Brettanomyces taste test
Robert Joseph sneaks some Brett into a panel tasting.

Sonoma’s greatest Pinot Noir vineyards
Elin McCoy on her favorite Sonoma Pinots.

Why wine bottles have gotten thicker, heavier
Dan Berger analyzes the growing weight.

In the age of the amateur, does wine expertise (or any expertise) matter?
Joe Appel on the trend to dismiss the experts.

A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type-2 Diabetes
Allison Aubrey reports on the latest in wine and health.

Sip On This: That $10,000 Bottle Of Wine Might Be Fake
NPR talks about wine counterfeiting.

British grandfather facing 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia for making wine
Brutal sentence for making some homemade booze.

Is a $2,000 Champagne Really Worth It?
Ray Isle asks the question that must be asked every once in a while.