Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/6/16

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.


If chardonnay’s a yawn, you haven’t met Chablis
Dave McIntyre waxes flinty.

Robert Parker: “I Like Wines that Say Something Back to Me”
Dorothy Gaiter interviews Robert Parker.

Amanda Longworth of Berry Bros & Rudd in Hong Kong
An interview with an aspiring MW

Jefford on Monday: The Catalan scorpion

Maury Sec the next great cru?

Italy’s Famed Wine Region a War Zone, Invaded by Boars and Others
But they make tasty sausage!

Assyrtiko Finds a Home in Oz
Greek vines down under!!

A Toast to Texas Sparkling Wine
The Lone Star Sparklers.

The Sake Ambassador
Killer article on a major dude in the sake universe

Giacomo Tachis and his Legacy of Disruptive Innovation
Alfonso Cevola offers personal thoughts on Tachis.

Penfolds named the world’s most admired wine brand
Or maybe it’s just the most easily recalled.

In Etna Rosso, a Delicious Tension Between Sweet and Bitter
Wine school does old school Nerello

English sparkling wine
Jancis Robinson talks English Fizz

Inside the secret world of wine lockers
Oooh, so secret.

Try Smoking a Joint With Your Next Glass of Wine
It’s the thing to do, in some states.

Prehistoric Authenticity Defines England’s Sparkling Wine
Thomas Pellechia on the roots of English Fizz.

Wine, Its Own Worst Enemy
Stephen Reiss argues for toning it down.

Cutting Edge: Women Pruners Make a Place for Themselves in the Vineyards

Snip sip! Pruning contest sees a lot of female entrants.

A Toast to Georgian Wine
Lettie Teague drops in on Alice Feiring’s book launch.

Women sommeliers lead Monterey enophiles to higher places.
Great profiles of some great ladies.

Seeking the New Classics
Matt Kramer offers his thoughts on candidates for the designation.

New Wave of Sommelier Clubs Will Change How You Experience Wine
Finally some wine clubs worth a damn.

How to Pick a Wine Store
Eric Asimov on the subtleties of retail.

How Kazakhstan Is Becoming The Next Frontier For World-Class Wine
Kazakh Riesling anyone?

The Code For Breaking Into The Chinese Wine Market Is..
Cathy Huyghe on a Chinese winemaker’s secret weapon