Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/20/16

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.


The world’s most pathetic wine grape
Blake Gray pens something of an ode to Colorino.

Warren Winiarski Looking Back at the Judgment of Paris
Dorothy Gaiter offers an in-depth interview with Warren Winiarski

An Upside To Climate Change? Better French Wine
More wine coverage on NPR!

The wine bottle that’s fit for space travel

Rebecca Gibb investigates fluid dynamics in zero-gee.

Champagne scientist: Fr´dépic Panaïotis, Ruinart’s chef de cave
Andrew Pembina profiles one of Champagne’s top winemakers for Le Pan

Branding Vino
Robert Camuto profiles Stevie Kim

Jefford on Monday: A debate from Champagne’s sensual parliament

Metal or Wood. Andrew Jefford discusses the aesthetics.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly… of natural wine
Simon Woolf’s article is fun, if only for the photo.

Q&A: Continuum’s Tim Mondavi
Adam Lechmere talks with Tim Mondavi

Wine tasting by the lunar calendar
Will Lyons talks biodynamics with Gerard Bertrand

A Miami Company Is Selling the World’s First Champagne Machine Gun, and It Can Be Yours for $459
Bound to happen eventually? Right. Sort of like cast iron croissants.

The Number of Women Winemakers Is Growing, and Fast
Matt Kettman on real progress

Smell of Alcohol “impedes self control”

Isn’t this why we all get into trouble?

Blonde Bandit Strikes World of Pinot Noir
Brazen theft of lots of wine at festival

Save your pennies
Jancis Robinson on value wines.

Why private label/own brand is bad for wine
Jamie Goode on a (mostly) bad thing

How to flatter fine wine
Alex Hunt delves into why wine professionals sometimes don’t seem to enjoy wine

Kiwi wines please Chinese palates
Jancis visits China and reports on what people like

Jefford on Monday: The call of Crete
Andrew Jefford visits Crete and discovers its secrets.

Stunning photographs show the popular Barossa wine region overtaken by a massive orange dust storm
Crazy times

El Al sommelier keeps it Kosher in-flight with Israeli wine showcase
Rare to see articles on Israeli wine.

A Second Look at Washington Syrah
Eric Asimov on the black sheep of American grapes

Wine Country’s unsung hero: Chuy Ordaz
Esther Mobley profiles one of California’s greats

Alibaba chief revives China’s thirst for Bordeaux
120 Chateaux now owned by Chinese!?

Sulfites in wine: friend or foe?
A good overview from Decanter

The Wine Neophobia Scale: A New Tool for Determining Wine Preferences and Purchase Behavior
Becca Yeamans-Irwin talks about new ways of studying consumer behavior

Bordeaux’s Modern Gentleman Farmer
James Molesworth on Didier Le Calvez of Chateau Clarisse

Testing Out the Second-Cheapest Wine Principle
Megan Krigbaum goes out on the town

Wary Somms Brace for Another Rosé Season
Levi Dalton reports from the trenches.

How a Wine Appellation Is Created, and What it Means
Rachel Signer talks about how Cairanne came to be.

The Arab world’s surprising wine hub
Moroccan wine

Dry red Douro wines from Portugal worth seeking out
Gil Kulers on the wine equivalent of bacon

Wonder Women: 10 Female California Winemakers to Watch
This list includes legends as well as up-and-comers. But it’s a good list.

Not a Sure Thing
Matt Kramer on a new proposed definition of “fine wine”

Meet the 94-Year-Old Behind LA’s Longest-Running Winery
Old school LA wine

What does “value” in wine mean to you?
Blake Gray discusses what value means

Say It Isn’t So: Wine Is A Commodity!

It’s so.