Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/15/17

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.

This week could have easily just been filled with stories about the fires in Northern California. I’ve included some of the latest news about that, but tried to provide what you might call “lighter” reading in addition to news of the catastrophe.

A Fire’s First, Fatal Hours
Amazing photos and great reporting.

Live updates: Some evacuation orders lifted in Northern California fires; death toll at 40
A good source for the latest news

Wine Country fire: Huddled in pool amid blaze, wife dies in husband’s arms
One of countless horrific stories.

‘We Always Rise.’ California Winemakers Are Determined to Rebuild After Fires
Without a doubt.

A boiling river of wine runs through a fire-ravaged Santa Rosa winery
Rough times.

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms
South Africa suffers.

Why Attica’s Somm Jane Lopes Is Mixing Wine and Decanting Champagne
Riesling and sake?!? That’s unconventional to say the least.

Tanker driver siphoned off thousands of litres of wine – report
Into his mom’s basement!?!?

Five Common Wine Myths, Debunked
The closest to click-bait you’ll ever get from Eric Asimov

How This Entrepreneur From Algeria Keeps Disrupting The French Wine Scene
A profile of Philippe Raoux.

Australia’s secret wine cellars and collections
Ooh, now there’s a tick list.

Natural Wine Movement Finds a Lively Hub in Copenhagen
Copenhagen rocks.

Thieves steal 800 glasses and a wine barrel during wedding
The nerve….

Billionaire Bill Foley bets on getting bigger in competitive Sonoma County wine industry
He’s certainly on a buying spree

Two sommeliers in Singapore prove that age is just a number
Into wine since age 14

Burgundy’s Surprising Harvest
Yet as a whole France harvest is smallest in 50 years

Tasting some Japanese wines from the Hokkaido region
Jamie Goode on Hokkaido’s best

Six Degrees of Rajat Parr
He’s launched a lot of careers.

Wine: Bottled Poetry or Ticking Timebomb?
Something of an inflammatory timeline

Eben Sadie shows his wines and describes his philosophy (with video)
And that’s the most I’ve seen him dress up ever.

Is wine an art or a science?
Or a drink?

1947 – a magically faulty vintage
Danger, Jancis Robinson…

English vineyards worth visiting
A shortlist

SevenFifty Daily’s Guide to Wine Education
Everything you need to know about wine certification

The Sparkling Nomad
Nice profile of Andrew Davis

Will We Let Santorini Be More Than Just a Source for “Beach Wines”?
It was never a beach wine, but we like this article anyway.