Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/27/16

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 thinned red wine
Blake Gray on crop thinning

Harvest Wars
Bill Ward on the competition for vineyard labor between pot and wine

Wine in Poland
Alexandra Kuderski opens a window into Polish wine

The Hemp Winery: Jacques Herviou of Chateau Maris
Christopher Barnes conducts the interview

Wine in Idaho? Come along for some surprises
Mike Dunne surveys the scene

Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson: Their unique viticulture/wine dream fulfilled in Napa
An in-depth portrait of the Matthiassons

High Altitude Chianti: Federica Mascheroni Stianti of Castello di Volpaia
Monty Waldin conducts the interview.

The Immigrants Who Help Make Your Wine are Afraid of Trump
Terrified, in fact.

The Vine Curtain
Moldovan wine!

Smoke Left Unwanted Mark in Carmel
Andrew Adams talks about trials for dealing with smoke taint

France Was Put on the Map to Create Characterful and Interesting Wine
Jim Ralston of Manresa profiled in World of Fine Wine

Jefford on Monday: Wine choices in the new free world
Andrew Jefford recalls his visit to Trump winery.

The Name Game: Porto, Napa Diplomacy and the Fortified Wine Dilemma
Mike Veseth on California Port-style wines

Burgundy wine harvest devastated by two-day frost
The Independent reports on the killing frost.

Out of Africa – the Next Big Wine Market?
James Lawrence suggests Africa could be a big wine market

With the Wines of Montsant, It’s All in the Drinking
Eric Asimov and his readers explore Monsanto

Wine pioneers in Oregon, Craig Camp and Steve Hall at Troon Vineyard
LM Archer on Craig Camp’s latest adventures.

And now for some red wines to pair with fall’s bountiful food
Patrick Comiskey with his recommendations

Merlot Sees Its Stock Rise After Years In The Shadow Of Cabernet And Pinot
Brian Freedman suggests a reboot.

Pursuit of Balance Finally Called Off
Adam Lechmere contemplates the end of the “movement.”

Three Star Sommeliers on Their Favorite Bottles, Restaurants and More
Lucas Wittmann asks three sommeliers their favorites.

Shiraz is Back
Joe Czerwinski says Australia is back in the saddle.

The American Nouveau Wines to Drink Now
Zach Sussman gets all carbonic on your a**.

Turning Narrow-Minded Wine Lovers On to Something New
Lettie Teague shares strategies