Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/13/16

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.


How to Think like a Wine Pro
Odd title, as the article doesn’t tell you that, but a nice day-in-the-life

Wines of the Week: Three made with California Mourvedre
Patrick Comiskey shows off some new moves from Mourvedre

Why You Should Skip the Wine-Pairing Menu
Lettie Teague nails it.

Trump wines are actually pretty good. But I can’t put them on restaurant menus.

Erin Scala sets the record straight.

Varsity Blues
Will Lyons on the perils of blind tasting.

Joel Peterson set the course for California Zin. Now he returns to his roots
Jon Bonné on Peterson’s newest project.

Champagne cap collecting: The art and the commerce

An obscure hobby for wine lovers

Going Native in Northern Italy
Robert Camuto meets with Elena Panteleoni of La Stoppa.

EU refusing Japan’s request for use of smaller wine bottles
An odd trade kerfuffle over wine bottle sizes.

Research into Israel’s indigenous grapes is resulting in new wines
Interesting to see this article in the China Post…

Grocery store Chardonnay reviewed in the year’s best wine blog post
Blake highlights some writing by another wine blogger that is worth checking out.

Why you should go for the Bordeaux that aren’t collector’s items
Dave McIntyre angles for the Cru Bourgeois.

Anson on Thursday: Predators on patrol in Napa Valley vineyards
Jane Anson on feral cats and parasitic wasps.

Champagne Fails to Take Food from Kids’ Mouths
The aggressively legal Comite de Champagne loses its suit against a kids soda from Spain.

Two New Cult Wines Are About to Debut in Napa: All the Details
Elin McCoy lays her bet on the next big things from Napa

The Future of American Wine Isn’t Where You’d Expect
A 15,000 mile road trip for wine

Tasting immortality

Joe Roberts does some SERIOUS Madeira tasting

Big Weekend: A Report From The Big Glou, NYC’s Natural-Wine Festival
Notes from a sold-out event

Bordeaux 2015: one big if
A non event, says Atkin

Hope for the UK’s American wine lovers on restaurant wine lists, says Sager

Selections continue to improve.

Eli Zabar’s Wine Cellar: It’s Not Chopped Liver
Now that’s a title that couldn’t be passed up.

Ceramicist and teacher Andrew Beckham is putting his own spin on fermenting and aging wine.
Roll-your-own amphorae

Exploring Moldova’s Underground Wine World
Liza Zimmerman goes to a forgotten corner of the wine world.

A $20,000 bottle of wine? Welcome to Wall Street
We’ve all heard some variation of this story before.

How Montreal sommelier Vanya Filipovic is changing the way an entire city thinks about wine
Nice profile of an influential Canadian somm.

Does ‘Natural Wine’ Deserve Its Own Classification?
In a word, no.

Anson on Thursday: Tasting the Burgundy climats
Jane Anson talks about the history of Burgundy’s smallest pieces.

Ordinaire in Oakland a shrine to natural wine
Esther Mobly gets down and dirty with natural wine.

American Wine Drinkers Cut Back on Butter
Small steps in the right direction for Chardonnay

Eye of the Terroir: Philly’s Rocky-Like Wine War
Lettie Teague visits the backwards (at least as far as wine goes) state of Pennsylvania