Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/24

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.


Pinot Noir: Moon, Sun, Mars
A nice piece by Meg Maker

Interest in Italian Wines Increases – Just
And it’s still under-sung.

This California Vineyard Is Using Drones to Make Better Wine
Resulting in a multi-spectral wine?

Grower Profile – Ulises Valdez
A nice profile from Kelli White

A Pinot Noir From Argentina That Stands Out in a Sea of Malbecs
Southern flavor.

Jefford on Monday: Cahors’ Argentine Revival
Interesting point of view on a very under-appreciated region.

“Somm” Star Dusting Wilson is Going to Reinvent Wine Retail
Grape Collective interviews him on his new venture.

Fires Tear Through South Africa’s Wine Region

Very sad news from South Africa

Why 1970s favourite muscadet is back on the wine map
Victoria Moore on a tiny new producer.

Why Sommeliers Are Heading for Retail
Megan Krigbaum on a new trend.

Why You Should Discover Italy’s Old Vine Wines
Yes, indeed! Old Vines in Italy.

5 Top Emerging Wine Regions to Experience in 2016
Yay Greece!

Australian Wine: History, Evolution, Revolution
Elaine Brown on a recent tasting.

Portugal’s Famed Madeira Likes It Hot
A brief overview of Madiera

Alfred Tesseron of Pontet Canet buys Robin Williams Napa Vineyard
Well, we know the wine will be good…

One of the World’s Greatest Syrahs
Ray Isle tastes La Chapelle

The science of two alcohol free days per week

The wines that France forgot
Will Lyons traces the footsteps of the Knights Templar

Fortified Wine’s Final Generation?
James Lawrence talks about a dying breed.

Q&A with Pete Wells, New York Times restaurant critic
Excellent two part interview. Barely about wine, but worth reading.

Legendary grape grower betting Lake County will be the next Wine Country
Esther Mobly covers Andy Beckstoffer’s dedication to Lake County

On wine. A Tragedy
A great piece by Ryan Opaz

Millennials are ruining the American wine industry
Sensationalist headline? You bet.

Why We Need a Radical New Approach to Wine
Interesting, but not a new argument. Been hearing some variation on that for 15 years.

Los Olivos District AVA approved
Hello Los Olivos!

No, You Can’t Become a Winemaker Overnight
Quite the opposite, in fact. You get to practice maybe once or twice per year.

Sommelier Austin Ferrari on Why You Should Be Drinking Mondeuse
Local boy boosts obscure grape!

Dosage: No Place for Dogma
Anne Krebiehl talks sugar in Champagne.

As the Pendulum Swings
Mike Steinberger on shifting wine styles

Why Every Winery Needs a Goat and Other Wisdom from an Oregon Vintner
An interview with Clare Carver of Big Table Farm.

Déjà Vu All Over Again
Consolidation doesn’t mean restricted choice, says Matt Kramer

Does the vineyard’s dirt really affect the taste of what’s in your glass?
Yes, Virginia, there really is a thing called “Terroir.”

Playing the “what’s that smell” game with aged red Bordeaux
No, you don’t hear piperitone you smell it!