Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/20/16

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.


Port Region’s Surprising White Wine Success
Liza B. Zimmerman on Douro whites.

Wineries Served Over Slavery Claims
Not particularly good news for those who claimed documentary was biased.

New life for ancient wine making traditions of Azerbaijan
Always fun to have wine news from everywhere.

Jefford on Monday: Back in Beirut
Andrew Jefford goes back to the Bekaa Valley.

America’s Great Grape Mystery
Blake Gray on America Obscura

Why Loire Valley Wines Will Ramp Up In Popularity
Tom Mullen makes his case.

BACK WITH A FIZZ! Lambrusco sales soar as retro sparkling wine outsells posh prosecco after being backed by celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio
You can’t believe everything you read in the Sun…

Drink, Memory
Lana Bortolot shares a fond memory.

Wine lovers: Don’t ignore Virginia
Some seriously good juice coming out of VA these days.

Scientists Unravel Cabernet Sauvignon’s Genome
Wine Spectator weighs in on the recent progress.

The Five Wines Everyone at Your Thanksgiving Table Will Enjoy
Elin McCoy does Thanksgiving Wine

Grape Britain: English wine production – a photo essay
Nice photos.

Wine That’s Not Only Natural, It’s Alive
Eric Asimov gets RAW.

Why the Best Thanksgiving Wine Is Sparkling
Can’t go wrong.

13 of Sonoma’s Rarest Wines
Elaine Brown writes a listicle for the Robb Report

Califermentation: A Tasting of Natural Wines
Fred Swan reviews some wines from the recent natural wine tasting in San Francisco.

Wine growers breathe sigh of relief
Michigan wineries land a solid crop.

Camus: 2016 was “a Nightmare’ Vintage in Champagne
Frost, mildew, and heat. Tough times.

Tibetan Winery Plans IPO in Australia     
Talk about high-altitude, cool climate wine growing!

Earthquake Damages NZ Wine Regions
I’m shocked (and greatly pleased) that the damage wasn’t more extensive.

What Everyone Should Know About the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Fred Swan offers a primer.

California taps into bright young things of harvest: Nouveau wines
Esther Mobley on a growing number of California wines.

The Charm of Bardolino and the Benazzoli Sisters
Christopher Barnes profiles the ladies behind some good Bardolino.

In Pursuit of Balance wine group calls it quits with last tasting
Esther Mobley offers her thoughts on the end of an era.

New Mission Winemakers Tasting Highlights
Fred Swan highlights some tiny wine producers who make wine in the city limits of San Francisco.

Blind Spots
Matt Kramer on things we might be missing in wine.

Investing in wine — a taster in how to get started
But I don’t recommend it.

6 Under-the-Radar Wine Regions You Should Be Drinking From Now
Vogue’s opinion on the matter.

The Wine Lover’s Guide to Portugal
Mmmmmm. Good advice.