Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/29/17

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.


Can California Winegrowers Refill Underground Aquifers?
A proposal for flooding vineyards.

The vines of Windsor Great Park
Jancis checks in on the Queen’s vineyards

Good Times Roll for U.S. Wine Industry
Analysis of recent industry data.

‘A Nightmare Without An End’: Wildfires Burn Out Of Control In Chile
Very sad news from Chile’s wine country.

Inside Dope: Wine’s Cannabis Challenge
Liza Zimmerman on the upcoming challenges.

Are we ready for genetically modified wine?
An update on some of the latest advances.

Joe Campanale: From Serving Wine to Making Wine
Christopher Barnes interviews this NY restaurateur and now winemaker.

Tasting very old wine
Jancis blows the dust off.

A Sip Of History: The Hidden Wine Cellars Under The Brooklyn Bridge
Cool bit of history.

Underground Bordeaux Includes More Than Wine Cellars
Grottoes, even.

Madeira Still Has a Place at the Table
Eric Asimov schools everyone on Madiera.

Fake DRC wine: Prosecutor demands prison for alleged gang member
Everyone is getting in on the action.

Portuguese wines stand out for variety and value
Mike Dunne on the Dao of wine.

Ireland now officially wine country thanks to Dublin farm
Global warming makes many things possible.

Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache
It’s a real problem.

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Fine Wine Brands 2016
A super in-depth report.

Burgundy’s New Generation Rising to the Challenge
Succession planning.

Wine ‘Economists’ Poke Fun at Wine Snobs
Statistics can’t tell you everything

Australian Wines, Once Down Under, Rise Again
Lettie Teague says it’s time to stop overlooking Oz.

Soil, Not Grapes, Is the Latest Must-Know When Picking a Wine
Elin McCoy has the dirt.

Jefford on Monday: Beaujolais pride
The 2015 vintage seems a major boon.

Could Sardinian wine hold the secret to good health?
A glass a day and live to 100? Sounds good to me.

The Battle Over Napa’s Hills Heads to Court
NIMBY continues in Napa.

Why Martinborough, New Zealand, Should Be Your Next Wine Destination
Worth the trip!