Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/25

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.


Southern Italy Is for (Wine) Lovers
Julia Bainbridge lobbies for Jordan Salcito’s wines from Campania.

Will an Ancient Grape Revolutionize Israel’s Wine Industry?
Israeli wine, Palestinian grapes. It’s a start.

Scientists grow industrial quantities of red wine compound using tomatoes
Not as fun as drinking wine, but maybe more fun than drinking 50 bottles at once.

For the love of Riesling?
Andrea Frost shares the love, and the confusion.

A Secret Hidden in the Mediterranean
Florence Fabricant on Maltese wines

Here’s What Happens When You Drink Red Wine Every Night
No one can resist a story about how good red wine is for you.

Oak Barrels vs. Oak Alternatives
Wood 101, by Nickolaus Hines.

Finally, a Definitive Guide to Napa Valley
David White reviews Kelly White’s (no relation) new book

Head High Wines: Generators of Good Will
An interview with Sam Spencer is always interesting.

A Historic Year for Prosecco
Bubbling right along, apparently.

English wine pioneers rush to start UK vineyards
At this point it’s not really pioneering.

Wine: Roll out the barrel
The Yorkshire post on 30 years of Cloudy Bay

What in Earth makes a wine taste ‘minerally’
Dave McIntyre takes on the “M” word.

Boozing Cat Suffers Serious Hangover After 7 Weeks In Wine Cellar
Would you survive 7 weeks with only wine to drink?

Wine Thief Can’t Stop Pillaging Pricey Bottles Across the Northeast
Don’t let this guy in your restaurant!

Paso Robles is California’s other wine region
Andy Perdue goes to Paso.

Southwest France’s wine is in a league of its own
Fred Tasker highlights Cahors and more.

Japan’s Nagano winery aims to take on the world
Japanese wine keeps getting better

Wines: Viva the new Españya
Nevermind the spelling, John Wilson offers his favorites from a recent tasting.

How Fast Casual Is Rewriting the Restaurant Wine List
Levi Dalton on changing times.

Lodi’s fascinating history as a Johnny-come-lately wine region
Randy Caparoso has some great dirt on Lodi.

Glasses Through the Eyes of a Sommelier
Lettie Teague finds something in the eye of the beholder.

Champagne Jayne Wins Legal Battle Against CIVC
A modicum of rational justice.

Winds blow South African terroir in the white direction
W. Blake Gray on his favorites from “the dark continent”

What Does It Take to Be a Great Wine Reference Book Today?
Jon Bonné on Companion vs. Bible

New Method Turns Tons of Wine Waste into Useful Chemicals
Yes, but does the methane smell like Cabernet?

Grand Theft Vino: Higher Wine Prices Are Attracting More Thieves
Jackie Northam talks wine theft on NPR

Thieves hit Portland winery five times in six months
Insult to injury, anyone?

Napa Wine Prices Likely to Continue Rising
I don’t agree with the premise.

A Teachable Moment
Matt Kramer teaches a lesson with Chablis, Nebbiolo, and Tokaji Aszu

Meet the Sommelier Who’s Changing How Wine is Sold
Another online wine club in the mix.

Meet the illicit wine-makers of Pakistan’s north
Wine abhors a vacuum.

Owners of Rauzan Segla and Canon add Napa Winery to Holdings
Bordeaux keeps coming to Napa