Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/17/16

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.


California Has Put ‘Winemakers Before Terroir’
Maria Sinskey offers her thoughts on California wine’s trajectory

Winemaker Denis Malbec cast large influence over North Coast wine industry
A horrificly tragic loss

Jefford on Monday: Hitting first
Andrew Jefford discusses French tendencies

Wine aged at the bottom of a lake tastes like…
Tastes like wine, presumably?

Adam Bilbey, Sotheby’s Head of Wine in Hong Kong
David Rodgers interviews Adam Bilbey

Chinese wine – ready to export?
Jancis Robinson on an inevitability

New York Wineries Hope Palates Warm to Cold-Hardy Grape Varietals
Even the NYT mis-uses the word “varietal!”

New Grape Varieties for Champagne
Unusually forward thinking move by the CIVC

Best wine label scanning apps 2016
Richard Hemming reviews the apps

The wine finder: the man who taught us how to drink
Profile of Steve Daniel

Portugal is for wine enthusiasts
Yes it is!

Orange Wine: What It Is And How It Differs From Rosé
More orange wine in the news

This Ridiculously Chic Sommelier Will Pick Your Wine Based on Your Favorite Color
Wine as fashion.

California’s New Wave of Sparkling Wine
There are a lot of names missing from this article.

The students in China learning and talking about wine on WeChat
It’s a big deal over there

Zim’s Supersomms
An unbelievably awesome story about a network of Zimbabwean sommeliers.

Terroir speaks for itself in Santa Cruz Mountains
Esther Mobly on Santa Cruz Mountains

Wine and Punishment
Did someone say The Prisoner?

Why To Watch Emerging Wine Regions
Listen to Matt Kettman

NYC Sommeliers Reveal Their Guilty Pleasure Junk Food & Wine Pairings
Not all junk food.

1000 Points Of Algorithm Shine On Wine
Because 100 points are not enough.

How to Make a Weird Wine Right
California Falangina on its way.

In Berkeley, kosher wine gets back to its roots
Esther Mobley profiles Covenant

Inside Mexico’s ‘Naked’ Wine Revolution
Natural wine from Baja? Ay caramba!

Speaking Francly
Patrick Comiskey on Franc in the Finger Lakes

Fleurie and Morgon: Greatness if Not Gravitas
Eric Asimov on Beaujolais