Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/12/17

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.


Should Restaurants Offer Guests That First Taste of Wine?
Eric Asimov reconsiders a tradition.

Time to Select From the Wine List? Relax, Here’s How
Then he covers the whole kit and caboodle.

The difference a few years can make in the life of a wine
Dave McIntyre on time.

UNESCO considers a sip of Prosecco
Kelly Hayes on his trip to Valdobbiadene.

Art of listening to wines
A profile of Scala Dei wines.

Natural Wine Defined
Craig Camp offers his opinions on Natural Wine.

Mendocino County winery seeks new life as marijuana operation
The times they are a-changin.

Cinsaut Revival for Lebanese Wine
Adam Lechmere on Domaine des Tourelles

Jay Z’s Champagne Goes Flat
The data doesn’t lie.

Oak Sweeter than Sugar for Wine
Oh those sweet, sweet, quercotriterpenosides

Portrait of wine god Bacchus found 80 years after Nazi sell-off
Not really a wine story, but hey, it’s good news.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Manufacturing Wine
Eric Asimov visits wine tech central.

Saison’s sommelier-turned-winemaker
Mark Bright’s Santa Cruz Mountains project

Queen Elizabeth Produced Her Own Sparkling Wine–And It’s Already Sold Out
So properly fashionable.

Paul Einbund and the rise of the personality-driven wine list
Esther Mobley profiles a San Francisco gem.

Working Women in Japan Are Drinking More Wine Than Ever
And fueling a wine boom in the country.

You Say, “Tomato…”
Matt Kramer asks: has the public been trained to prefer clonal monotone?

Jefford on Monday: Scoring for value
Andrew Jefford on the role price should play in score (or not).

A Conversation with R.H. Drexel – Curating Wine’s Personal Stories in a Nom De Plume
The story behind the pen name.

Anson: A new California ‘grand cru’ in the making?
Jane Anson on the first fruits of Randall Grahm’s labor.

Are Some Wines More Romantic Than Others?
If they make your partner swoon, they are.

Flying Blind While Tasting Wine
Yep, it’s brutally hard.

Hugh Johnson: Do we need a natural wine alternative?
Sigh. Hugh Johnson doesn’t distinguish between orange and natural.

Fighting Phylloxera, Saving Colorado’s Wine
The battle has begun

How Fine Is Wine?
He doesn’t know much about wine, but he’s good with numbers

Pirate of the Cabernet? Johnny Depp Had $30K Monthly Wine Habit, Ex-Managers Claim
DRC and Selosse with dinner every other night?

A Private Bank Approach to Investing In Wine
Fun things to do if you have too much money.

Why Wine Matters
Zach Sussman ruminates

Searching for the New Australia in Shiraz Country
Jon Bonné listens to music while drinking and driving around Australia

One Way Ticket: Another Chat with Robert M. Parker, Jr.
RH Drexel sits down with Robert M. Parker, Jr.