Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/24/16

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.


Amarone Family Soap Opera
What’s in a name, indeed?

Jefford on Monday: Sardinia’s Secrets
Andrew sips Cannonau and reflects…

Zinfandel in Croatia: A Sort of Homecoming
Cliff Rames on the detective story that led back to Croatia.

From Mateus Rosé fan to Bordeaux fine wine guru
FT on the guy replacing Robert Parker on Bordeaux.

The Rise And Rise Of Vinomofo
A paean to a business with a lousy name.

The cult of Cabernet: The paradox of Napa’s most expensive wines
Esther Mobley on the big boys.

California: The State of Pinot Noir
A (Favorite) Canadian on California Pinot Noir.

Trentodoc: Italy’s Mountain Sparkler
Kerin O’Keefe on some great bubbly from an incredible landscape

‘Man, Oh Manischewitz’: When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too
I had no idea they targeted African Americans.

Burgundy’s Drouhins Keep Winemaking All in the Family
Lettie Teague on the Drouhins

Top 10 Chinese Sommeliers
Click bait, but still interesting.

How Chenin Blanc Charmed Wine Experts
Eater does Chenin

Italy’s overlooked ‘heel’ has a wealth of food, wine and unique architecture
Ahhhh Puglia.

Why Wild, Chemical-Free, “Natural” Wines Are Taking the Industry by Storm
A great article by Rob Haskell

Decoding Shelf Talkers: A Wine Buyer’s Guide
The retailer’s crutch, or the retailer’s savior?

New York’s Best Sommelier Hails From Philly
Based on Austrian wine knowledge.

English sparkling wine beats champagne in Paris blind tasting
British bubbly getting to be pretty darn good.

Tasting China’s New, $250-a-Bottle Luxury Wine, Backed by LVMH
Elin McCoy says it’s pretty good stuff.

Britain’s Jancis Robinson on discovering the sensuality of wine
An interview with Jancis Robinson about China and more

It’s All Just Myths, You See
Matt Kramer fights Scientism