Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/8/17

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.


Sonoma and Napa wineries hit hard by Wine Country fires
Devastation is the word. And this report is just the tip of the iceberg. The fire is 5% contained.

Middle Eastern wine update
Jancis offers thoughts on Israeli wines.

Napa wine tour operator killed by police on I-80 in Emeryville
A bad ending to be sure.

The Sideways Curse Has Lifted: Merlot Is Having a Comeback
Elin McCoy on the latest luxury merlots.

Revisiting Parker’s cork prediction

How Much Did Wineries Really Make in 2016?
If you’re a numbers geek.

Pierre Seillan: Sonoma Has More Fine Wine Potential Than Anywhere Else
And this guy knows how to make wine.

Why Paso Robles is So Well Suited to Late-Ripening Grapes
Jason Haas breaks it down.

Bordeaux left reeling after robberies
A special place in hell for grape thieves…

Oregon Pinot Gris: After 44 Years of Wine, Here’s a First
Dorothy Gaiter plugs her favorite Oregon variety.

Hungry parakeets ruin wine harvest at London’s only commercial vineyard
Smart enough to remember where the snacks are.

Valpolicella Comes Out of the Shadows
Eric Asimov appreciates charm and value.

France to Make Least Wine in 60 Years After Bad Weather Hits Grapes
Can’t catch a break.

Why wine is culture: a master sommelier shares her secrets
The German point of view. Except she’s a Master of Wine, not a Master Sommelier.

Travel: How a French fallacy is keeping some fabulous wines affordable
An Aussie looks at the Languedoc.

Score inflation is everywhere and it’s killing wine criticism
Jamie Goode says critics are in a race to the top.

What Does Great Wine Service Look Like Today?
Jon Bonné profiles three locations.

Don’t believe the hype. You don’t need glasses in multiple shapes and sizes to enjoy wine.
Amen, brutha.

Finding the American Dream through Wine
Great article by Matt Kettman on Mexican-American vintners.

The Wine Kim Crawford Makes After He Quit Making Kim Crawford
Life after selling your name along with your winery.

The Wine God Is in the Details
Matt Kramer on the virtues, and dangers, of oversimplification