Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/6/16

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.


Jefford on Monday: Wine’s Japanese fling
Andrew Jefford hasn’t been bitten by sake yet.

Red Wine Bias? More Thoughts and Questions
Fred Swan looks at the claim that critics are biased in favor of red wine.

The First 40 Years of the Golden Age in Wine
Alfonso Cevola remembers…

Will Lyons: If you’re hooked on the same old grape varieties, you’re doing yourself a disservice
Will Lyons on diversity.

Rediscovering Paso Robles: California’s Bordeaux is 4 hours from O.C.
Paul Hodgins on Paso.

Drinking Wine in Ancient China
Nice glass…

How to Avoid Extortionate Wine Prices in London’s Restaurants
Some places to seek out.

In Damascus, The Bars Are Packed And The Wine Is Flowing
Having a glass of wine in the midst of chaos.

Wine merchants: the indie crowd
Jancis Robinson on “The Bunch”

Former Napa Valley Winemaker Arrested in Fraud Scheme
More troubles for Jeffrey James Hill

Wine: A bad taste in the mouth
South African winemakers are up in arms about a documentary they say is biased.

Anson: South African wine after apartheid – One man’s story
Jane Anson on one of the most important wine moments of her career.

A Sommelier for Water? Seven Ways Somms Are Moving Past Wine
Elin McCoy won’t turn down help with her tea….

An Expert’s Shortcut for Conquering a Restaurant Wine List
Noah Rothbaum offers some wisdom.

There Are No Wrong Thanksgiving Wines
Eric Asimov’s annual Thanksgiving wines column.

Rouge justice: wine fraud leaves jailed Frenchman with 8m Euro hangover
Ouch. Justice hurts.

Here’s Why You Need to Travel to Bordeaux, a Wine Gem Made New
Travel and Leisure on Bordeaux.

Raventòs Shakes off Cava’s Image Problem
James Lawrence on a producer redefining quality.

An Expert’s Guide to Wine Investment
Maureen Downey on wine investment

The Gift of Ancient Grapes
My favorite kind of gift.

IÂ Buried a Cow Horn Full of Shit for Good Wine
A biodynamic field trip in Oregon.

Why You Should Be Drinking Maryland Wine
Go All American.

Hand Harvesting’s Rage Against the Machines
L.M. Archer on the state of the battle.

Oregon via Oenotria
Ken Friedenreich on the migration of wine through Italy

Talking About My Generation: Wine Spectator Turns 40
Mike Veseth on 40 years of Shanken.

A unorthodox winemaker’s dream: An original California wine
Mike Dunne on Randall Grahm’s Popelouchum odyssey.

From Russia With Wine
Ilona Thompson on the influence of some key Russians on the West Coast

For Wine Collectors, Re-Corking Can Rejuvenate Prized Bottles
Lettie Teague attends the Penfolds Clinic.

Chinese wine consumption to soar
More than it is already?

How to get the wine you really want
Yet Another Stupid Wine Contraption.

Australian Women Grow The Wine Business And Save The Planet, Too
Lady power Down Under!

Wineries’ impact brings taste of bitterness to Sonoma campaign
Politics, fruits, and nuts.

Bordeaux Court Deliberates on Fraud Case Involving More Than 1 Million Bottles of Wine
That fancy wine, wasn’t.

‘Unknown’ Wines
Matt Kramer on the joy of the little-known.

Scientists analyze how rootstock affects grapevine characteristics
No results yet, but it will be interesting to see what they learn.

Barolo the Likely Star of Italy’s 2016 Harvest
Tom Hyland reports.

Advice: You won’t believe this wine snob’s policy on backwash
These are the wine snobs we all like to avoid.