Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/25/16

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: Classic wine, trusted wine
Andrew Jefford on the importance of trust.

Wine patriarch d’Arry Osborn is celebrating his 90th birthday – by working at his iconic d’Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale
The definition of old school.

Tiny Bubbles In The Wine, May Not Be Good To Make Fine Wine
Thomas Pellechia on the science of bubbles

Australia winemakers battle against warming
There’s an article with this kind of title every week.

Fake Prosecco: Put a Cork In It!
Did you order Prosecco but get something else? 

The year in wine still lingers on my lips
Dave McIntyre remembers the year

What’s in a Label: How Wine Makers Reel in Drinkers
Learn the secrets of the label psychology.

Will African banana wine catch on in America?
File under questions to which we need answers.

The Crowd is the New Critic
Paul Mabray on crowdsourced reviews

With Champagne, Big Can Be Beautiful, Too
Eric Asimov bubbles with enthusiasm.

Trump Winery Plans to Hire More Immigrant Workers
Words fail me.

Wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing, right? Not really, and here’s why
Chocolate: a great way to ruin a good red wine.

The Profound Modesty of Good Dolcetto
Eric Asimov loves its charms

Anson: Inside Cheval des Andes – A New World ‘grand cru’
Jane Anson follows the Bordeaux trails to Argentina

Indiana Wine Finds its Niche
You go Indiana!

Taste-Testing Wine Seized from Bernie Madoff’s Private Collection
Mark Oldman drinks in his felony room.

The Fallacy of Wine-Food Pairing
Joe Czerwinski doesn’t go far enough.

Modesto man pleads guilty in French Laundry wine theft
I didn’t hear that they had caught them. That’s great!

Arizona is the Next Frontier of Great U.S. Winemaking
Apparently things are improving.

The ill-health of wine writing
Jamie Goode has it about right.

Burgundy’s latest biodynamic convert: Château de Pommard
If you’ve got a clos, there’s no reason not to try.

The Greatest Gift
Matt Kramer on the endless surprises of wine.

How the other half drinks
What the pros have in their cellars.

Chronic Cellars’ Style and Circumstance
Matt Kettman talks with the Beckett brothers.

Scenes from an Industrial Winery
Fred Swan does an industrial photo essay.