Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/9/17

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.


Bordeaux 2016: The Primeurs
Chris Kissack’s thoughts on the Premieur tastings

Are esoteric wines the new craft beer?
Uncommon is NOT the same as esoteric, bub.

Oaky, With Notes Of BS: Why Wine Tasting Struggles To Get It On The Nose
Changing terms

Jefford on Monday: The alpha and omega wine
Andrew Jefford offers his favorites.

5 Ways A Tiny Wine Region Hits It Big: Jura Wines
Cathy Huyghe digs Ploussard.

Asian wines are gaining respect in Hong Kong’s restaurants
Drink local!

We Know What We Don’t Know About Wine’s Future
Economists say the future is uncertain.

Indian wines that have overcome the odds
Jancis Robinson on her trip to India.

Chile’s wine industry sees little impact from fire
That’s not what I heard, actually.

United Airlines Is Facing an Extreme Wine Shortage Because We Drank It All
The “we” being business class passengers

New Beaujolais, but Not Nouveau
Eric Asimov on non-cru Beaujolais.

Beaujolais Sees Life After Nouveau
More on Gamay.

U.S. Producers Betting on Rosé and Challenging French Dominance
Pink is the new black.

California Today: Winemakers Wonder: Who Will Pick the Grapes?
The 2017 harvest may be the most expensive in history as a result.

A Sommelier Opens Up About The Truly Gross Sexism She’s Faced In The Wine World
Bianca Bosker pens an article based on her experiences with her book. Awful stuff, but not surprising.

The Battle for America’s Oldest Vines
Ray Isle goes touring with Tegan Passalacqua

Are Endless Perks, Free Lunches And PR Schmoozing Affecting Wine Journalism?
A self serving conclusion if there ever was one.

Steven Spurrier Declared ‘The Great Man of Wine’
An honor deserved.

The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine
Smithsonian.Com talks wine.

Wine Words: So Many Wines, So Little Time
Wine 101 from Marie Gewirtz

Traversing the trials of wine trademark protection
Trademark karma gonna get you, if I don’t get you first.

Crushing It
Profiles of some great sommeliers.

Sip happens: Winter takes toll on Idaho wine industry
Killing cold.

Top California Winery Killed by Prohibition Is Reborn
‘Tis the season for resurrection stories.

How Does Wine Relate to Our Sense of Touch?
Texture, baby.

Fighting the Necessary Fight
Matt Kramer advocates doing battles with modern demons.

Climate change prompts Syrah trials in Burgundy
Ruh roh. This is going to piss a lot of people off.