Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/17/17

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.

Worried About Wine Fraud? That’s Rich
The big deal only comes with the big bucks, says Oliver Styles.

The Computer That Saved a Vineyard
The headline is misleading, but hey.

California cabernets do not get the same quality scores at different tastings
Interesting analysis for those inclined to statistics.

Treasure of Trousseau
Haven’t had any from Oregon, but quite curious to try.

Major alleged fake Bordeaux investigation causes stir in Bordeaux
Everyone wants to buy low and sell high.

Fierce fight along Santa Barbara coast as fire threat eases in Ventura
Just pray for less wind.

Perspectives on the California Wine Country Fires
GuildSomm adds to the thoughtful commentary and first person accounts.

Flop-Flip in Provence
When dreams die.

Inside the Wine Cellar at Chez Panisse
A nice profile of a guy and the place.

Alcohol will “disappear within a generation,” claims scientist

Poland’s wine regions emerge
From the guy who knows more about Polish wine than anyone I know.

It’s a hard rock life for wine in granite tanks
Wet stone anyone?

Robert Mayberry Remembrance
Patrick Comiskey on the Rhone’s major fan.

Humans Have Been Drinking Wine for 8,000 Years
The history of drunk.

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine
NPR worries about wine.

How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)
But too much copper is a bad thing.

How a Thirst for Portuguese Wine Fueled the American Revolution
So raise a glass to freedom.

Everything you need to know about natural wines, plus six to try now
Patrick Comiskey writes without sulfur.

California comeback: Wine country rebuilds after wildfires
Karissa Kruse’s story.

Is the alcohol level of wines going up?
Yes. The question is whether it’s a problem.

As China’s Wine Industry Grows, France Trains a New Generation
Asia comes to Dijon.

Wine Glasses Are 7 Times Larger Today Than They Were 300 Years Ago
Science says so.

American Chardonnay For While You Cook (and With Dinner)
A lot of recommendations from Wine Enthusiast.

The Breadth of Turley Wines
Better than ever these days.

New Winemakers Driving Change in Catalonia’s Wine Scene
Amanda Smeltz brings us the latest.

California’s Ecology of Fire
David Darlington gives it a good think.

As California’s Wine Country Continues To Recover From The Fires, Tourism Still Lags
Come visit!

Sonoma puts hold on new wine tasting rooms
The impossible balance between supporting the local industry and civic and social pressure.

Corks Won the Closure War. You Lost
At least 3% of the time.

The dark matter of dirt
Deborah Parker Wong on the microbiome of your vineyard