Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/1

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.


US prepares for 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris
The big party is coming.

American and Brazilian men confess their love of pink wine
I’ve been saying this for years….

How Gina Gallo is Keeping the E&J Gallo Winery on Top
Peter Feld seems convinced.

Quality, not accountants, should dictate Champagne vintages
Amen to that. Or is it ka-ching?

‘Corkage Cowboys’ Are Scamming Restaurants Out of Wine Fees
Scamming isn’t quite the right word.

Will the real Franciacorta please stand up?
Alfonso goes looking for authenticity.

Champagne Can Help Improve Memory
And in other Bubbles news…

Sonoma County farmworkers’ struggles include housing, health
The wine stories we never hear.

Corked? Fine wines languish in China warehouses as consumers cool
Bubbles go pop.

Bordeaux’s Guggenheim of wine to open June 2016
Cool, but the museum looks like a scale model of the colon.

Bordeaux sprouts dry whites
Jancis Robinson focuses on the neglected whites of Bordeaux.

Gigondas, a Red That Takes You Into the Woods
Eric Asimov shows another side of Grenache.

Is Coffee More Complex Than Wine?
Lettie Teague holds a taste test.

Backwoods towns make some of Sonoma’s most exciting Pinot Noirs
Esther Mobly heads to the coast.

Which gizmos and gadgets will keep your opened wine fresh till tomorrow?
Dave McIntyre does the rundown.

Wine Geology 101: A Book That Needs to Be Written
Great primer on wine-related geology.

Ask a Somm: Why Pet-Nat Wine Is Not Champagne
Kat Odell straightens us out.

The Barry Smith interview: what is the nature of wine perception, and is wine flavour objective?
Jamie Good gets philosophical

The best wine bars in America
A tick list for your next night out

This is Perhaps Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Wine Collection
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The dry Riesling revival
Good. But dry is overrated.

Wine makers will survive, international body says of climate change
Whew! And I was worried there for a minute.

Minerality can be desirable in your wine glass
Gil Rulers takes on the “M” word

Dunne on Wines: Drew Family makes wine on the edge in Mendocino
Mike Dunne visits one of my favorite producers.

Overturning the Judgment of Paris
W. Blake Gray indulges in a thought experiment

Italy Reclaims Spot as World’s Biggest Wine Producer From France
Presto change-o!

Anson on Thursday: A game changer for Burgundy winemaking?
Custom crush in the Cote d’Or?

Zut alors! English fizz trumps champagne in blind wine tasting
Everyone loves these kinds of headlines. But the judges were serious tasters…

Washington’s wine history: A Confederate soldier, prohibition and a vine planted in 1872
Andy Perdue tracks down the past in Washington State

Douro Wines Fly High After Another Vintage Year
September rains make for a near perfect harvest.