Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/30/17

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.


2016 California Wine Sales in U.S. Hit New Record: 238 Million Cases with Retail Value of $34.1 Billion
Another banner year.

Preconceptions Still a Problem for East Coast Wines
You don’t say.

The Robert Parker conundrum: it’s never boring to sit down and taste with Robert Kamen
Jeremy Parzen breaks bread with Kamen.

Where there’s a will there’s a fake
Adam Lechmere on counterfeits

Can China Take on Bordeaux?
Where is the premium side of the industry heading?

Jefford on Monday: Unpleasant wine, tipsy citizens
Andrew Jefford recaps the history of French Wine with kind words for a recent book.

Swapping Sauvignon for Syrah in New Zealand
James Lawrence talks with Warren Gibson of Trinity Hill

Meet Joe Wagner, the man shaking up the Sonoma County wine world
Press Democrat profiles this very savvy brand builder.

Piedmont Wine Star Angelo Gaja Invests in Sicily’s Mount Etna
And you thought land prices were high already….

Shaken by 2014 quake, Napa winery again standing tall
Esther Mobley covers the reopening of Trefethen.

Corked Bordeaux? Shattered Champagne? These Sommeliers Have Seen It All
Interviews with the finalist for the James Beard Awards best wine service

Vikings ‘may have produced their own wine’
Everyone needs a break from mead now and again.

Lambrusco Shakes Off Its Cloying Reputation
Eric Asimov and crew drink through one of the world’s best pizza wines.

The Dordogne is France’s Chillest Wine Region
I want to hang out in that garden.

The climate change map of WINE: Researchers reveal how global warming will change what we drink (and could make England and Canada major producers)
Graphics are funky but worth checking out.

In Finger Lakes wine country, Orange is the new White
A story that’s been macerating for a while.

Sharp frosts damage French wine production
More coverage of the killer frosts.

Are Single-Site Expressions the Future, or just a Fad?
Joe Czerwinski explores the latest trends.

Creatures from the Lagoon: The Return of Venetian Wine
Cool story of a comeback.

What Does Great Wine Service Look Like Today?
Not sure the question is answered, but interesting article by Jon Bonné.

French Investors Are Betting On The Continued Success Of Oregon’s Top Wines
And the land is still reasonably priced compared to Burgundy

Exploring the History of Wine in India
A brief primer