Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/19/17

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.


Talking Terroir With Pedro Parra, PHD
Christine Campbell talks with the vineyard consultant.

How Billionaire Howard Leight Created An Internationally-Acclaimed Wine Brand Through Instagram
Yes, but who’s tasted it?

Beyond the Barrel: Unique Ways to Ferment Wine
A roundup of the options.

Why You Can Expect More White Wines From Rioja
Because they changed the rules. Which is a good thing.

Jefford on Monday: Value from a great vintage
Double down on ’15 Crozes-Hermitage, apparently.

One Wine Glass to Rule Them All
Eric Asimov does product reviews!? Who knew?

Your Guide to Bicycling Through Wine Country
A few tips from The Enthusiast

Clarksburg AVA the little wine-growing region that could
Stacy Briscoe visits the Delta.

Listing Wine Ingredients Would “Raise Quality,” Critic Argues
Eric Asimov is for transparency

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job
The wages could go up even more and they’d still have no takers.

Wine and the Brexit effect
David Williams says to look south.

France’s Languedoc region garners new fans
Geoff Last picks some favorites.

Your Immersion Circulator Is Also an Excellent Wine Chiller
Who knew?

Marijuana Industry Presses Ahead in California’s Wine Country
The tidal wave continues

A visit to a winemaker’s cellar reminded me how important a barrel can be
Dave McIntyre on barrel tasting.

Heidi Barrett: Napa Valley’s queen of cabernet reflects on wine, pirates, helicopters and what 100-point scores really mean
Jess Lander profiles the famous winemaker.

Is the US wine boom over?
First I’ve heard of slowing growth

A New York State of Wine
Wine Enthusiast covers New York

What do Diners Fear When They Order the Cheapest Wine on the List? This
Dorothy Gaiter on great value.

Could Molise be Italy’s Most Obscure Wine Region?
I don’t think so.

Napa Valley’s ‘welcome’ sign not so welcoming these days
So far, though, no one has been hit by the train.

Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay
Elaine sits down with Stephane Vivier

Backward And Forward: Tasting Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 1974 To Now
Meg Maker on a tasting of old and new with Kevin Zraly

Crowd-Sourcing the Best-Value Wines
No surprise that the top wines are sweet.

Portraits Of A Wine Region In Crisis: Chile After The Wildfires
Cathy Huyghe talks with photographer Matt Wilson

Bud break spreading through North Coast vineyards
Here comes Spring!

Why vineyards and other farms hire illegal immigrants
Blake Gray on California farmworkers.

A quality revolution in the Mid-Atlantic
Allison Levine goes to Virginia

Terroir Translates to TÅ«rangawaewae at Pinot Noir NZ 2017: NZ Dirt
Elaine Brown on the Maori concept of “a place to stand.”

Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine
Bianka Bosker drinks the unthinkable

International versus indigenous varietals
Robert Joseph argues for a non-dogmatic approach.

The New French Paradox
L.M. Archer on the increasing Burgundian presence in Oregon.

This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII’s Most Important Spy Stations
Only vaguely wine related, but still.

Kadarka, Cadarca, Gamza
One of my favorite obscure grape varieties.

Ian D’Agatas rare grapes of Italy seminar

Is $30,000 a Month Too Much to Spend on Wine?
Lettie Teague’s friends find it easy.