Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/10

Well hello there, 2016! It just snuck right up on us. Or at least that’s the way I feel.

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the Interwebs. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.


How Puglia saved my life
Tortellini as treatment for staph infection, says Alfonso Cevola

The Best Way to Preserve Half-Drunk Bottles of Wine
Lettie Teague runs experiments in her kitchen.

Riesling Thoroughbreds from New York’s Finger Lakes
Hermann Weimer knows Riesling.

Let’s drink to being a champagne environmentalist
A little disingenuous title when the article talks about UK sparkling wine

How IBM is Bringing Watson to Wine
Is irrigation more complicated than Jeopardy?

Sommeliers Can Be Total Assholes
And so can people who don’t get paid to serve wine for a living

Rising Star winemakers to keep your eyes on
Some names to watch from the Cultured Vine.

Rieslingfeier: Riesling Gets Its Day
Antonio Galloni writes about Riesling in Forbes.

Wine auction sales fizzle
Charles Curtis does an in-depth analysis.

How to Start a Wine Collection in 2016–and Why You Should
Elin McCoy offers first-timers good advice.

Tim Atkin MW: Debating the merits of terroir
Tim Atkin reserves the right to believe in terroir.

Ian D’Agata on the search for wine terroir in China
Heavy hitters go to China to talk about Chinese wine

When is a wine ready to drink?
Will Lyons on ageability

The Evolution of Charles Banks
Kristen Bieler nails the strange attractor for Charles Banks: Syrah.

Message in a (Really Old) Bottle: What Champagne from the Bottom of the Baltic Says About Wine Aging and Winemaking
Remy Charest talks with Archeochemists about old champagne.

How the Wine Industry Should React to New Alcohol Guidelines
Richard Hemming suggests advocacy of lower alcohol wines. Will that really help?

Spoiling pleasure: why we should be angry about the UK Chief Medical Officers Alcohol Guidelines Review
And Jamie Goode’s take, which is a bit more angry.

Women in Business Q&A: Carrie Lyn Strong Wine Director, Aureole New York
Interview with a prominent member of the NY contingent.

Sexism in the Wine Industry
What few in the wine industry want to talk about.

New York’s Youngest Sommelier
A brief introduction to another young face in the wine world.

Next Gen Napa Vintners and Winemakers
Ilona Thompson on Napa’s Next Generation

This Guy Put an Entire Winery in His 500-Square Foot NYC Apartment
Let’s hope his bung holes are tight.

Oregon Pinot Noir Delivers an Element of Surprise
But that may not be a good thing to Eric Asimov

How El Niño Is Impacting California’s Wine Industry
Excellent in-depth piece.

The big wine lie
Amazing how upset people can get at a .5% of alcohol.

Anson on Thursday: Cool climate wine hunting
Dunno where Jane has been, but cool climate wines ARE already mainstream.

Ebullient Efforts
What you don’t know about sekt, but should.

Farewell to Champagne flutes in 2016?
And good riddance.

Why Swabia Is Europe’s Next Great Wine Region
Jon Bonné journeys to a mythical place.

Where’s the Excitement Right Now?
Matt Kramer joins the prognostication bandwagon.

How to Commit the Perfect Wine Crime: Steal a Case, or Make Your Own
Fraught with fraud and more, the wine world.