Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/21

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.


Meet Paul Draper, the Man Who Introduced California Wines to Europe
Jay McInerney profiles the man behind Ridge.

FRI program works to counteract wine fraud
Wine’s molecular fingerprints under the microscope.

Tim James: On the Potential of Ceres
Thoughts on an emerging zone in South Africa

Matt Kramer’s ivory tower and the “credentialization” of wine culture in America
Interesting commentary on a recent Kramer article and the meaning of those initials everyone seems to be seeking.

An Open Letter to Wine: Matt Kramer, Can You Hear Me Way Up There?
And another response.

From the Rhône to California, Under-$25 Syrah to Drink Now
The folks at Punch are doing their part to make Syrah cool again

Orange wine isn’t what you think it is
The education continues

Rain forced critical decisions on 2013 Oregon Pinot Noirs
Patrick Comiskey on a tricky vintage

Meet Barbara Philip, Canada’s Only Female Master Of Wine
A brief interview with her.

The Neuroscience of Wine
Sort of. But interesting.

Australia – in vogue again
Jancis nearly faints at a tasting

How to Make It As a Small Wine Importer
Megan Krigbaum highlights a few of the new breed

Napa Innovator Mondavi Dies
RIP Peter Mondavi

German Wine – Still in the Nun’s Shadow?
James Lawrence looks at current trends

We’re buying more wine online. Cross your fingers that will lead to cheaper options.
Dave McIntyre on consumer habits

Succession Plan For Wine: A Case Study From Brazil
What happens when the kids can’t take over?

No more Merlot: France’s vineyards under threat
Bordeaux nervous about global warming

New Wine Sparks Sexism Claims
Chester Osborne likes blondes.

Uncovering Value in the Wines of Tuscany
Tom Hyland offers thoughts on where to look.

Burgundy Wines That Won’t Break the Bank
Lettie Teague ferrets out some values.

Ask A Somm: What Kind of Wine Can I Pair With Eggs?
Yes, you should be drinking wines with your eggs.

Brett 101, And The Tool Winemakers Don’t Know They Need (Yet)
Cathy Huyghe on a new tech development

Anson on Thursday: The seven key aromas of aged Bordeaux
Meet Piperatone.

Fabricating a History of Wine Writing
Tom Wark rightly criticizes a recent article.

Should wine lovers care about California’s Central Valley?
W. Blake Gray says no.

Mapping Places in America Where Prohibition Never Ended
If you love wine, time to move!

Australian wine under threat from climate change, as grapes ripen early
This topic continues to heat up

On wine: Importance of terroir still unsettled
Gerald Boyd on a cracking pillar of wine theory.

An Open Letter to Readers: What Do You Want From Wine?
Insight or pleasure. Choose one. Or both.

France’s Most Underrated White Wine Steps Out
Jon Bonné on Muscadet