Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/11/16

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.


Sweet Wine Lovers Have a New Voice
And its name is Tim Hanni.

Tasting Wine Without A Net: The Subjectivity Of Natural Wine
Ah, the romance of it all….

How Port wine is made, in pictures
Jamie Goode gives us a photo essay.

Anson: How Al Gore convinced Miguel Torres to fight climate change in wine
Jane Anson tells the story of one winemaker’s conversion.

The Santa Cruz Mountains’ other red grape: cabernet sauvignon
Laurie Daniel on some cool Cabernet.

Wine detective on a mission to track down counterfeits
A profile of Phillip Moulin.

Don’t fall for the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ posts you’re seeing on Facebook
Don’t do it.

Can Science Save Our Favorite Wines?
Brooke Borel on the search for a CRISPR grape. Get it?

The wine world’s wine writer – Hugh Johnson
Nice profile of Hugh.

Fine Wine Producers Debate To Cork Or Not To Cork
Jeannie Cho Lee on the debate that still continues.

Damaging insect found in Colorado’s largest wine region
Phylloxera comes to the Rockies.

A Hidden Cache of Wine Spurred These New Wine Libraries
See if you can get yourself even a sip….

Denver wine collector loses $1.7 million to crooked vendor, sues insurer
Insurance doesn’t cover fraud, apparently.

Where to Look (and Listen) to Learn About Wine
A few relevant sources.

How Much Fake Fine Wine is in the Market?
Maureen Downey teaches a class.

$550M Worth of Kurniawan Counterfeit Wines Being ‘Resold Over and Over Again’
Speaking of fraudulent wine….

Gallo: Consumers don’t view wine as an elitist drink
Good news.

‘Sour Grapes’ Explores the Dark and Insane World of Wine Fraud
Decider reviews the new film.

Why Chinese millennials buying wine online is a phenomenon ripe for research
A master’s thesis in progress.

For London’s food and wine businesses, Brexit has a bitter taste
Doesn’t go down easy.

Truly Horrible Vandals Destroy 400,000 Bottles of Italian Wine
10% of the production sabotaged.

Jefford on Monday: Wine’s ready reckoners
Andrew Jefford crunches the numbers

American wine consumers still don’t care about what sommeliers like
Blake Gray on the Sonoma State University consumer survey.

How to spot a fake wine: 10 signs to look for
Decanter sits down with Maureen Downey and gets some tips.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc widens its scope
Patrick Comiskey on the attempts to break the mold.

Beaujolais Isn’t Nouveau for the In-the-Know
Lettie Teague favors the Cru.

Is Wine Romance Coming Back?
Matt Kramer feels the renaissance.

When Wine Imitates Art
Andrea Frost on beauty.

Rediscovering the Festive Fizz of Lambrusco
Florence Fabricant pens an ode to the ultimate pizza wine.

Faith in wine fakes?
Tim Atkin muses at the dangers and depths of wine fraud.

Making Quality Wine in Virginia
Blake Gray talks with Rutger de Vink, whose wine are awesome.

Rioja embraces singularity
Tim Atkin on the mess that is the DOCa.

Turning Price Theory Upside Down
Blake Gray on the unusual findings of many years of Wine Searcher data analysis.