Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/16/16

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.


The Endangered Wine List in the New Millennium
Alfonso Cevola on a suspicious sameness in wine lists

Inside Constellation’s Purchase of Charles Smith Wines for $120 Million
Cathy Huyghe talks with Charles Smith following the announcement.

Jefford on Monday: Cava fights back
Andrew Jefford explains the new Cava de Paraje designation.

Crimean, Italian Winemakers Launch Joint Wine Collection
Not entirely clear what the point is…

Discover South Africa’s Under-the-Radar Wine Destination–Franschhoek
Architecture Digest discovers one of SA’s hidden gems.

Genomics Breakthrough Paves Way for Climate-Tolerant Wine Grape Varieties
Science rocks.

An ancient drought-friendly farming process could become the next organics
Not so ancient, really… every vineyard in the world was basically dry farmed up until 50 years ago.

No Women, No Wine
Richard Olsen-Harbich celebrates women in the wine industry.

Why the lack of women winemakers in Washington?
Winemaker Ashley Trout on the challenges for women in Washington.

Putting Together the Details of Oregon Pinot Noir
Eric Asimov on Oregon Pinot.

An Oak Revolution Is Underway In The World Of Wine
Brian Freedman on the wood behind many a wine.

Hidden Valleys
Tasting Table goes for wine regions off the beaten path.

Douro valley and Oporto wines
Jancis Robinson on the charms of the Douro.

What, Exactly, Is In A Name — On A Wine Label?
Thomas Pellechia on labeling laws.

Wine Myths You Need to Stop Believing Right Now
There are some good ones here to debunk.

Wine Label Design Is More Important Than You Think
The psychology of labels

Snobby Somms and Another Problem With Natural Wines
If you don’t like the way it tastes, then you shouldn’t be abused for it

An Insider’s Guide to South Africa’s Cape Winelands
Vogue offers their thoughts.

There’s more to California wine than Napa
Indeed there is.

Rapper Avoids Bling Wine for Natural Option
A rapper likes Cornelissen??

Making Provence rosé
Jamie Goode on how complicated (good) rosé is to make.

IMW Seminar Debunks Minerality Myths
But minerality still exists

The Barone who traveled from the 19th Century to make wine in the 21st
Alfonso Cevola on Barone Sonnino

Liv-ex interview with Tim Atkin MW, part one
Going in-depth with writer and critic Tim Atkin

A changing tide for California Zinfandel
There wasn’t much of an ebb, as far as I can tell.

Women making their mark in winemaking
Santa Barbara has double the number of women winemakers than the rest of the country.

A True-Crime Documentary About the Con That Shook the World of Wine
Bianca Bosker reviews “Sour Grapes.”

Paso Robles: Sorry, not sorry
Joe Roberts talks beefy wines in Paso Robles

Hello Kitty wine in breach of NZ laws because it appeals to minors, experts say
It’s been around for years, but now that it’s hit the news…

Sake on the move
Jancis writes on the growing interest in sake.

Nobel-winning research also explains the taste of champagne
Erika Szymanski on the importance of autophagy

Choosing your wine purchase on cost? Here’s how pricing works
Bill Ward breaks down the cost of a bottle

Fresh Ways to Preserve Wine
Paul Gregutt gets gadgety.

An Engineer Finds Her Passion–Making Wine
Lettie Teague profiles Alie Shaper

The first ‘wine fountain’ just opened in Italy – and it’s free
Can we get some funding for that in my neighborhood?

Finding inspiration in wine that’s merely ‘interesting
Jon Bonné writing for the Washington Post