Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/4/16

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.


TTB Proposes New Grape Variety Names
Bring on the Saperavi!!

LA’s Wine Scene Is Turning Orange
People still discovering them.

Momma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Wine Reps
Peter Zusman offers a day in the life.

2015 north Rhône reds – best in 55 years?
Jancis Robinson on the latest releases from the Rhône.

Climate Change Uncorks British Wine Production
Lots of great press for English Fizz these days.

The woman who decides what wine French presidents drink
Cool story about Virginie Routis

Wine’s brave new(ish) world
Jancis says good things about old wines from the New World.

Could Premier Cru sale help wine counterfeiters?
Sigh. A few hundred more empty bottles of top wines now out in the world.

Do New Yorkers Really Know More About Wine Than Londoners?
The article doesn’t really answer the question, but interesting stats.

Beyond the vineyard: How Trump’s deportation plan threatens America’s food and wine supply
Yep. A 3-6% reduction in the size of our overall economy.

10 countries with the most expensive wine on the planet
BYOB in the Marshall Islands, for sure.

Tim James: On the Significance of Fashion in Wine
What is fashion anyway?

Jefford on Monday: The taste of Cava
Andrew Jefford considers the importance of indigenous varieties

Red, white & orange? Amber-hued wine is the latest drinking trend
I think we’ve been seeing headlines like this for three years. 

France Tries to Define Natural Wine
And fails.

An international wine is fine, but I’d rather taste the place in Virginia
Dave McIntyre continues his (admirable) crusade for Virginia

So Long, Seahaven: Wine’s New Mainstream
John Bonné is glad diversity is here to stay.

Winemaker of the Year: Michael Cruse
Esther Mobley profiles Michael and his wines.

2016 Winemakers to Watch
Esther Mobley offers some others to keep tabs on

Tension Flares Between Wineries and Residents
Liza Zimmerman reports on NIMBY in Sonoma County

Climate Change Sends Wine Growing North
Adam Lechmere on how British Vineyards, once not viable, are now sitting pretty

At Last, Becoming a Winemaker
Another Wine Blogger turns winemaker