Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/25/17

Welcome to the Christmas edition of 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.

Assessing the Impact of Wine List Awards
Fascinating article about the impact and history of wine list awards.

Free or Discounted Wine Tasting Options Vanishing in Sonoma County
It’s sad to see this go away, as much as I understand why…

How Master Sommelier and Restaurant Partner June Rodil Balances Wine, Food
An interview with the tastemaker.

Sake brewer jumps on wine bandwagon in France
Is there something for wine to teach sake? One brewer thinks so.

Jefford on Monday: Lessons from the laureate
Andrew Jefford says there’s winemaking lessons to be learned from Kazuo Ishiguro

How Warren Randall became the king of Australian wine
Profiling a pioneer

Machiavellian Adventure
Robert Camuto on a famous family’s wine adventures.

2 Key Wine Themes For 2018: Indigenous Grapes And Women In Wine
Cathy Huyghe on some thoughts for the coming year.

New Study Suggests Letting Your Child Sip Alcohol Does Not Predict But Increases Risk of Alcohol-Related Problems As A Young Adult
Read that headline carefully. No causality between a sip as a kid and a drunkard as a teen.

Champagne Seeks to Discover Itself in Single-Vineyard Wines
Eric Asimov talks bubbles before New Years’

Wine and liquor fraud: NY state fines big alcohol distributor in ‘pay to play’ scheme
One down, 49 states to go?

The future of the wine industry
Robert Joseph looks into the crystal ball.

Beer May Rule in Colorado, But State’s Winemakers Are Setting Their Sights High
And succeeding.

Moet is pushing champagne on Snapchat through a game
I applaud innovative marketing, but not to kids.

Wine Excise Taxes Cut as House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Legislation
The wine industry comes out ahead in the tax bill.

Three Women In Wine Talk Business Past And Future
Experiences and challenges from three veterans.

How Napa Valley’s Newton Doubled Down On Quality Cabernet
The story of a famed brand.

Finding Puglia’s Soul in Negroamaro
Shelley knows of what she speaks.

Nine Days in Chile
Elaine takes you through the highlights.

In Need of Recognition
Matt Kramer on under-the-radar wine regions.