Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of November 20, 2017


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.

That unsold bottle of Merlot is probably winding up in your gas tank
Where unsellable wine goes to die…

Napa’s Colgin Cellars Sells Majority Stake to French Luxury Titan LVMH
Another notch in Napa’s belt.

The Pros and Cons of Shelf Talkers
The world according to retailers.

Should Wine Labels List Ingredients?
My opinion: yes.

How Venice’s Lagoon Is Producing Some Of Italy’s Most Beguiling Wines
Eco resort turns winery.

Surprise: Sauternes Is The Perfect Thanksgiving Wine
So says Jeanne O’Brien Coffee

Jefford on Monday: The white question
The white wines of Priorat

Why the Grape Needs the Grain
Oliver Styles on the role of beer in the wine world.

In the wake of the fires, Napa winery visitorship slow to return to normal
Slow, slow climb.

When a Greek God Brought Wine to India
A very cool story.

Help Wine Country re-oak with your acorns
A fantastic community project.

I Tried a Bottle of the New Synthetic Wine
Life is too short.

Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers
More consistently ripe.

Wine: if you’re after a bargain, look to Romania
Cheap and (sometimes) cheerful.

2017 Harvest Report: A Roller-Coaster Growing Season for Oregon and Washington
The Spectator reports on the Northwest harvest.

Everyone Wants an Experience
Matt Kramer says wine is entertainment now.

Neighbors: Massive Gallo winery could mean ‘free-for-all’ in Lodi wine country
Zoned for agriculture but this is more like a factory, say neighbors.

Alcohol percentages of Wine Spectator’s Top 10 wines of 2017
Nope. No one cares.

Wine collector fraud, and wine snobbery
From the bible forward….

Wine Critic Neal Martin Joins Vinous as Senior Editor
Hard to see this as anything other than a major blow to Parker

Does Pinot Meunier Have What it Takes to Be a Star?
There is a Meunier Institute?

Don’t Count Amazon Out of Wine Game Just Yet
The giant will return

Champagne’s Special Club
Skurnik talks about the history of these bottling

10 years writing about cheap wine on the Internet: Haven’t we gotten rid of you yet?
The Wine Curmudgeon looks back on the last 10 years.

A Guide to the Current State of California Cabernet
Jon Bonné on Cab

A $1,000 bottle of wine grows in Brooklyn on a first-of-its-kind rooftop vine
Ah, the taste of hubris…