Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/18/18

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.

Americans buy more champagne than anyone else in the world — and Brexit could be to blame
Beating out Britain for the first time.

The Tech, Services and HR Costs of Running a Good Wine DTC Program
Paul Mabray lays out the costs for a winery to really drive DTC sales properly. (Spoiler: they’re high).

Influential Wine Books
Somms talk about their favorite books

Could Sichuan be China’s High Altitude Wine Region?
Call it the Ao Yun effect.

Laube versus Suckling — their scores differ, but what does that mean for us?
A statistical analysis.

Jefford on Monday: Schist versus Limestone
Andrew Jefford tastes the difference.

Nebbiolo Unplugged: The Rebellious & Intriguing Wines of Cascina Ebreo
Germans in Piemonte.

New Mexico Wine touts state’s vineyards, vintages to national journalists
Wine journalists make the local news.

Ralph Steadman on Wine and Label Design
A few words with the master of wine caricature.

How Instagram Gave A Small Bordeaux Winery Global Exposure
Surprisingly few wineries can make the effort.

How Two Italians Achieved a 200-Year-Old Dream of Virginian Wine
The story of Barboursville

Behind The Scenes With A Bordeaux Wine Consultant, Stephane Courreges
Searching for aromas of personality.

Robert Haas, influential American vintner and wine importer, dies at 90
Say goodbye to another pioneer.

2000-year-old wine unearthed in central China
So called “wine.” It looks appetizing.

“Orange Wine” Needs to Go Away–Hear Me Out
Marissa Ross wants to swap two syllables with seven!

Is Rioja Today’s Most Overlooked (and Underappreciated) Wine?
Matt Kramer has done a deep dive in Rioja.

Leading Bordeaux Wine Merchant Accused of Massive Fraud
This is the week for wine fraud.

Why Some Champagne Producers are Going Organic and Biodynamic
Amanda Barnes reports.

Embracing Old Oak Barrels
The #1 thing people can do to improve their wine in California. Less new oak!

How geofencing can bring visitors to wineries
Not the first time this has been proven to work.

The professional cellarers
Big business, underground.

Massive Cote du Rhone fine-wine fraud uncovered by French police
If that CNdP price seems to good to be true, maybe it is.

Uncorked: Isabelle Legeron, MW
A brief interview.

Wine Doesn’t Make Itself
The conceit of natural wine.

Meet the Next Generation of California Vintners
Great article on 5 upstanding ladies in the business.