Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/22

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.


Shafer Vineyards Uncorks a Surprise
The switch to DIAM hasn’t even raised an eyebrow.

How a Proposed SLA Restriction Could Drastically Change NYC Wine Lists
This is actually a pretty big (bad) deal.

As tastes change, one veteran American vintner holds firm
Dave McIntyre profiles Chuck Wagner

Jefford on Monday: Change is coming
Wine on the eve of the Paris Climate Change Conference

Wine media and the internet: are we drowning in a sea of mediocrity?
Jamie Goode asks important questions.

Old Nebbiolo’s Influence on Napa Valley and New California Wine
Alfonso Cevola taunts me with old Nebbiolo.

Where are all the wine stories?
Something most wine PR people need to read.

Climate change sends Chile’s wine industry southward
South is the only place to go.

Does the love affair with Italian fine wine have a future?
According to James Suckling, of course!

U.S. to auction real wine from fraudster who sold fake wine
Scary? Or super bargain hunting.

Why the dusty cellar turned into a high-spec ‘wine room’
Cellar Swank.

What You Can Learn About China From Its Insatiable Thirst for French Wine
A review of Suzanne Mustacich’s book.

If you want to keep eating french fries, you’d better start drinking strange wine
Interesting thoughts on food crop diversity.

Balnaves of Coonawarra: a ute-load of history
Get a load of that photo.

The (Totally Fun, Not-At-All Stuffy) New Rules of Wine
Some of these really ARE fun.

White Burgundy out of the Woods?
We can hope.

100 Wines By The Glass, No Sommelier: Fleming’s Disrupts The Restaurant Wine List
Choice is increasingly valued.

Not just California: ‘Unusual’ states ramp up U.S. wine production
Not really unusual. Just the other 46.

Chinese Wine Market Becoming ‘Normal’
The new normal?

Barolo in the 21st Century
No longer a dichotomy in Piemonte.

How does soil influence wine quality?
Luiz Alberto digs below the surface.

Are dessert wines staging a comeback?
Maybe the stigma of sweet is wearing off?

The Inside Story Behind a Wine List’s Creation
Lettie Teague peeks on the process.

USDA May Help Replant Burned Vineyards
This may be very good news

Face To Face With A Wine Tasting ‘Electronic Tongue’
Only one problem. It doesn’t have a face.

Rothschilds Tap Chinese Thirst With First Vintage Champagne
Only 600 bottles reserved for China? They must not be very thirsty.

Lasers Could Help Britain Make Better Wine
Especially if mounted on the heads of sharks.

The Coravin Proves Rob Moose Is Serious About His Wine
Even I leave the light on in the refrigerator.

A Holiday Wine Guide for Every Crazy Person in Your Family
Marisa Ross talks about the nutters in your life.

2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences
Wine Business Monthly reports on an annual survey.