Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/15

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.


Scouring Eastern Europe for wine artifacts
Anyone want a 300 year-old wine press?

A Polar Bear Raided the David Attenborough Film Crew’s Wine Supply
First a cat in the cellar, now this.

Bordeaux vineyard vandals destroy ‘historical treasure’
If only castration were still an option.

A toast to the bubblies of royalty, now available in Washington
Dave McIntyre drinks English Fizz.

The rise of the sommelier
Jancis Robinson sits down with a bunch of NY somms.

What Do American Wine Consumers Want? Fruity, a Little Sweet and Not Expensive
And we are surprised by this? No.

Vouvray, A Versatile Wine Worthy of Attention
Makes me thirsty.

Are super tasters getting more out of wine than you are?
Chances are, no.

Guy Fieri’s Big Gulp
Just what the world needs, right?

Can a $75, hand-blown glass change the wine-drinking experience?
You don’t need them. But you should want them.

New wine film ‘Somm: Into the Bottle’ is ambitious, dangerously selective
Esther Mobly says it’s good but could be better.

Exploring Dessert Wine’s Savory Side
Kate Soto talks Sherry, Madiera and Port.

L’Avventura of Making Wine on a Volcano
Lettie Teague finds much to like on the slopes of Etna.

Wine has notes of historic flavor at Le Mesnager Barn
Wine from Los Angeles. Cray cray?

The wines of Mallorca that make it to Maine are remarkable
Not just in Maine!

Millennials Aren’t Changing Wine – Access To Information Is
Joe Roberts on point, as usual.

Why Record Prosecco Supply Won’t Make Your Wine Cheaper
As bad as the diamond cartels.

Why does wine smell?
Erika Szymanski breaks it down.

France won’t dine with Iran unless wine is served
Whatever happened to diplomacy?

Wine As A Tool For Business: The Bordeaux Model, With A Napa Twist
Cathy Huyghe on Sharon Kazan Harris

Dunne on Wine: Thomas Jefferson’s heritage lingers at Virginia winery
Mike Dunne is on the road for wine.

What It Takes to Be a Master Sommelier
This is the third article in several months about wine in the New Yorker!

Dear wine writer, what on earth are you talking about? – Comment
Are all wine writers insufferably dull?

Selling The Cellar
Great article about the rotten state of affairs in the auction world.

A Confession
A raw and honest one at that.

Discovering Authenticity Beyond Bordeaux’s Marquee Estates
David White goes Bourgeois.

Red Hook Winery: Three Years After Hurricane Sandy
Rising from the mud.

Asian crush on California’s wine country
More and more Asians are buying wineries.

Mindless drinking
What’s wrong with the Russian wine scene.

Antonini versus Rolland: wine’s stylistic battleground
An excellent piece on two visions of a consultant.