Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/8/16

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. 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.


Picking a Special Wine for a College Graduate
Lettie Teague talks to a bunch of folks for their recommendations

Fifty Years Later, It’s Still a Classic: The Heitz Martha’s Story
Dorothy Gaiter on one of her favorite wines over the years.

Tim James: The Four Periods of SA Wine History by Variety
A concise history of South African viticulture.

Germany and Alsace’s Battle of the Rieslings
Tom Hyland forces German Winemakers to drink Alsace

Vintners Discover Their Terroir in Cape May
Jersey Wine. The Next Big Thing?

The wine tasting that shocked the world — and forever changed what we drink
Another Judgment of Paris article.

The great Greek wine revolution
Greece getting more love from The Times (of London).

The Battle of the Wine Masters
Sam Behrend compares and contrasts.

Sour Grapes documentary uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud
A new Canadian documentary chronicles wine fraud.

Remembering Denis Malbec
Virginie Boone writes an obituary. 

Tracing Baja California’s evolution, one bottle of wine at a time
Tacos and wine tasting in Mexico.

Bill Zacharkiw: Searching for authenticity in wine? Most roads still lead to Europe
Not sure I agree with Bill.

How Wine Sulfites Became the ‘Bad Guy’
Lisa Elaine Held doesn’t actually answer the question, but does explain stuff.

English Sparkling Wine Ripe for Japan Success?
Everyone wants English Fizz.

A Sommelier’s Guide to Mezcal
OK, not a wine article, but a nice one.

How Sommeliers Convince People to Try Sherry
Way #1 – Give it Away Free.

A Guide to the Pioneering Wines of Provence
More than rosé, these days.

Con-cours – Fakes Uncovered at Wine Competition
Blake Gray on a sting operation at the Councours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Carneros, California’s Great White Hope
Virginie Boone on Hyde Vineyards

Champagne and the Power of Positive Thinking
Caroline Henry on the wines of Franck Pascal.

Luca Currado Winemaker at Vietti
Christopher Barnes sits down with Currado.

Fourth-Generation Mondavis Are Happily Making Wine Together
Nice profile of Rob and Angelina

Time is Right for Virginian Wine to Succeed in UK
How about in the good old US of A?

That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France’s Finest
Owen Edwards calls the event Copernican.

Judgment of Paris: 40 years after the tasting that changed wine world
Michael Austin remembers the tasting heard round the world.

Musician David Gibbs Is Letting You Drink His Rare Wine Collection, One Glass at a Time
Now that sounds like a lot of fun.

Wine Without a Hangover? It’s a Miracle!
Mark Byrne tests out the myths.

An Unassuming Star in the World of Elite Sommeliers
Lettie Teague profiles Rajeev Vaidya

Is BevMo! Engaging In A ‘Bait-And-Switch’ With Wine? Suit Claims It Is
Busted. Scores are everything, right?

Champagne Pommery to make English wine & develop vineyards
It’s now officially a trend.

How to Proselytize Wine–and Should We?
There are only a few rules for fine wine, says Matt Kramer