Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/8

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.


Does ultraviolet radiation improve wine quality?
Reminds me of that old saying about a bear and the woods.

Armenia: Cradle of Winemaking
A primer on Armenian wine?

This Bunker Holds $1.5 Billion of Wine
Stephanie Baker takes a trip underground.

How a Wine Geek Became a Member of Washington’s Winerati
Jessica Yadegaran profiles Paul Zitarelli

This Sommelier Is Turning Wine-Speak into Comics
And some of them are very funny.

Lessons in wine: Why Piedmont is a unique and wonderful region
Paul Hammond writes an ode to the foot of the mountains.

Behind the Scenes at the Wine World’s Big Networking Event
What do sommeliers do at the Wine Experience? Drink, of course.

‘Notes of tar and rose petal’: how to decode unappealing wine descriptions
Megan Carpentier wades in.

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Wine tastings reveal lack of consensus
Surprise, surprise.

Napa Valley pinot noir ups its game
Catherine Bugue sits in on a tasting panel.

Pairing Wine With Durian, Just For The Hell Of It
Ali Wunderman goes for it.

How Millennials Are Changing Wine
Lettie Teague hangs with the young ‘uns.

China’s Winemakers Seek Their Own Napa Valley
An in-depth report on the growing industry.

A Tasting of Chinese Wines
Eric Asimov says they stand on their own.

Lake County wines make a name for themselves
Getting some love in the midst of the ashes.

Why wine writers should have a taste for the unknown
Will Lyons on curiosity.

Napa’s Most Famous Winemaker Rides a Helicopter to Work
No, she actually flies it to work.

California’s Lieutenant Governor Blends Politics and Napa Wine
But this interview is mostly about the wine.

Can a Barolo Really Be As Good As a Top Burgundy?
And less expensive to boot.

Greek Xinomavro: Taming of the Shrew
Time tames many shrews.

Maltese Wines are a Long Way from the Wine Shop
I want some. Don’t you?

Wine Gift Options Abound for Thanksgiving
Eric Asimov forgoes the usual pairings recommendations.

California wine’s once and future radical: Abe Schoener
Jon Bonné on the evolution of an iconoclast.

Long Island Wine’s Hunt for a New Identity
Jon Bonné on the New York underdog.

Grenache Returns To Bask In The California Sun
Jason Haas knows Grenache.

Can a Sommelier Keep Working While Pregnant? One Pro Weighs In
That’s a silly question.

Why it’s time for wine w**kers and the industry to get over themselves
Didn’t know you couldn’t write “wanker” in a headline

Ask a Somm: How Long Do You Really Have to Finish That Wine
Drink up!

The Mother Vine: Livermore Reconsidered
Joe Roberts does a great job exploring Livermore

Bordeaux Goes Bar Hopping in Japan
But not where you’d think.

The New Wine Democracy
Matt Kramer goes populist.

Philippe Melka – The Doctor’s Son
RH Drexel interviews the superstar consultant.

Dunne on Wine: Willamette Valley pinot noir comes of age
Mike Dunne goes north.

You can take that wine home with you. So why don’t you?
Folks in Washington, DC are leaving something on the table.