Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/1/17

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.


Grape farmers worry chemical could wound wine industry
Scary stuff.

Champagne tastes better with bigger bubbles, study finds
Interesting science.

Sheer magic creates Napa’s mountain grapes
A pean to mountain wines

Why Wine? An Open Love Letter
Ilona Thompson lists only a few of the delights of wine

Chablis winemakers save vines from tar plant
Small victories worth celebrating.

Rediscovered Ancient Grape Varieties and Natural Winemaking in Modern-Day Spain

Matthieu Finot: The Art and Science of Winemaking
A profile of Matthieu Finot in an unusual place.

All Change at Napa Stalwart
Blake Gray on some scary changes underfoot at Clos du Val

Jefford on Monday: The varietal giant
One appellation of France makes more wines that all of New Zealand

Wine for Women: Is That a Selling Point?
The world of branding.

A year of growth for Bill Easton and his Amador County winery
Mike Dunne profiles the go-to-guy in Amador.

Alwin Jurtschitsch is Happy Austrian Wine Will Never Be Mainstream
Christopher Barnes profiles the iconoclastic vintner.

This former Wall Streeter is now a Master Sommelier — here’s her advice for great-tasting wine
A profile of Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson 

F&W’s 2016 Sommeliers of the Year On the Best Wines They Drank This Year
Another best-of list.

Why Virginia Is for Wine Lovers
Lettie Teague goes on a road trip.

The Best Wines To Drink In 2017
What sommeliers say will be big (or best) in 2017

A unique vision for Austrian wine
Nice little profile of Judith Beck

One of Napa’s Top Cult Cabernets Gets a Stunning New Home
Wow. Nice windows.

Italian Winemaking Pioneer Livio Felluga Dies at 102
Another legend gone.

Meet the Vintners Behind Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Miraval Wine
Conde Nast Traveler profiles the Perrins.

Why American wine labels aren’t as specific as they could be
Dave McIntyre breaks down the AVA system.

Best of 2016: At COS, the Future of Wine Comes from the Past
A nice profile of the brilliant COS.

The Thundering Increase In Okanagan Valley Wines
The number of wineries has gone from 17 to 325 in the last 25 years.