Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/20

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.


An American Master Sommelier in Croatia
Fred Dex goes to Dalmatia.

Magnum Farce – Beyond the Bigger Bottle
Enough with the bigger bottles.

Larger Wine Glasses Encourage More Drinking, Study Finds
How to get drunk faster, the glassware edition.

Metabolomics: New Techniques to Find out The Hidden Secrets of Wines
Very cool, especially for wine geeks.

The Invention of Wine
A very fun modern fable.

A Christmas Wine Miracle
A teensy weensy miracle?

Uncorked: Learn About Wine in 5 Simple Steps
The folks at Grape Collective offer their thoughts for novices.

Top Misunderstood Wine Terms Revealed
Who calls wine “tart”?

St Emilion dispute: Classification upheld, opponents vow to fight on
This is the wine world’s equivalent of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.

The strong, the sweet and the succulent
Janice Robinson goes for the stickies.

How relevant is a 160-year-old way to classify chateaux vintages?
Dave McIntyre talks Bordeaux.

Provence Sunshine In A Bottle: The Charming Wines Of The Luberon
Nick Passmore on a bit of Provence in the Rhone

US, French Navies in Alignment-Except Over Wine on Warships
Their destroyers have bars in them! Bars on Warships! That’s awesome.

Baja is making a lot more great wine than you might think
Patrick Comiskey provides history and a great introduction.

Warm temps could mean trouble for ice wine
You kinda need ice.

Genius Wine Opening Hacks You Haven’t Seen Before
Definitely don’t try some of these at home.

What Happened in Prosecco?
Mark Angelillo breaks down the bubble.

Blanc de Blancs: The Wine Insiders’ Favorite Champagne
Lettie Teague explores the blonde bubbles.

Why aren’t there more California sparkling wine producers?
Esther Mobley asks a very good question.

The Wine Stories That Will Shape 2016
Jon Bonné gazes into his (hand blown, lead free) crystal ball.

Chronic Cellars’ Style and Circumstance
How to pair wine with your tattoos.

Exploring Canada’s Fertile Niagara Wine Region
Don’t miss the Chardonnays!

Bordeaux primeurs tastings shrunk
Half the time to taste, and no more blind tasting, say Chateaux.

Ribera del Duero: Defying Expectations
The WOFW tasting panel talks Ribera del Duero.

Feeling and Sharing Wonder
Andrew Jefford on the mysteries of Pignolo.

Bethel Heights: The Road Less Traveled
Bruce Schoenfeld spends some quality time with the Casteels.

French winemaker cleared after refusing to spray vineyard
Yay! Justice for the principled.

Counterfeit Claims Spark Defamation Action
Maureen Downey doesn’t back down.

How English wine went from a joke to sales of 6m bottles a year
Meteoric rise!

Berkeley: Embattled Premier Cru wine store shifts to online-only sales
I’m one of their slightly dissatisfied customers.

Winemaking Under the Volcano
Just another day on Etna.

Why Wine?
The short answer, says Matt Kramer, is that it beat’s working for a living.

Chinese wine: imitation’s stunting progress
Not sure this is so much of a mistake early on.

The Louis Vuittonification of Burgundy
Bill Nanson shares his fears.

The rise of the lighter-coloured red wine
Jamie Goode puts his finger on a trend hiding in plain sight.