Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/29

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.


Regular US wine drinkers to reach over 100m by 2025
And we’re thirsty!! But there’s a long way to go.

Wine and DNA profiling
The grand master sequencer speaks!

China explores white wines
This is encouraging.

Is Grenache the New Pinot Noir? How to Shop This Wine Trend
Rhone ascendant, says Elin McCoy.

Pomerol – under construction
Under evolution, perhaps.

Millennials prefer challenging, intriguing wines
Let’s get curious.

Argentina Election Should Result in Cheaper Wine
Good news for us, but maybe not for them.

Vernatsch, the Cinderella of Süditrol, is ready for the ball
Schiava, baby. It’s good stuff.

Alsace seeks grand cru status for red wines
As good as Burgundy? Not quite. But getting much better!

Nikolaihof: The Wrong Side of the Wachau
But the right side of flavor.

Meet Washington’s ‘rock ‘n’ roll winemaker’
And his new shiny winery.

Beautiful or beastly? The world’s most artful wine labels
Beastly, for sure.

Second wines deserve a second look
Roger Morris advocates for the little sibling.

DRC owner follows in footsteps of Prince Charles
De Villaine wins the Rabelais Prize.

The future of Gaja: Refining fine wines
The future of Gaja is Gaia, says Adam Lechmere

Beaujolais: It’s Pronounced Gamay
And it’s hot.

Wine in Biblical Proportions
Go big or go home. Says the Bible.

Janice Robinson on Natural Wine, the Importance of Points and the Rise of the Hipster Sommelier
Grape Collective interviews Jancis.

An Uncertain Future for the World’s Most Iconic Sweet Wines
Sauternes and Tokaji. Will they survive?

Sommelière in New York
This is why we all love Pasculine Lepeltier.

Prosecco, lies, and videotape: the real story behind the new wave Prosecco
Jeremy Parzen, as usual, has the inside line.

Air: The Oldest New Ingredient In Wine
Get oxidative, baby.

Getting to know Moroccan wines
A good primer.

As the heat rises, the wines are a-changing
Seems like this article gets written every month, now.

Petaluma master sommelier behind ‘Uncorked’ TV series
Local Sonoma boy makes good.

More Counterfeits at Auction. With Impunity.
Bring your popcorn and a comfy chair. Fascinating.

Okanagan wineries ask for stronger police presence after rash of break-ins
Find these people and string them up!

Moldovan winemakers turn their eyes to the west
Nobody wants Russia as a customer anymore.

Brewer Raats and the Rise of South African Chenin Blanc
Someone told him to become a winemaker. So he did.

Ice, Ice, Baby: Chillin’ with Tim Colla
Ice sculpture and winemaking. A cool combination.