Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/15/18

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.

English wine is doing well, but four notes of caution…
Jamie Goode, rational as usual.

Inside the Wine Cellar at The Morris
Not big, but fun.

The Best Wine Books, According to Sommeliers
Some good suggestions, some not so good.

What might our future vineyards look like?: Uncork the Forks
Lenn Thompson speculates.

How Wine Can Teach a Lesson About History and Emotion
Ray Isle gets deep.

New Study Says Drinking Every Day Can Take Years Off Your Life, and the Drinks Industry Is Furious
And this study, too, will someday be discredited.

Southern California’s Ambitious New Wine Region
Matt Kettmann, as usual, has the dirt on the southern part of the state.

100-point Napa Valley winemaker sued in smoke taint dispute
Fear and loathing in the fires aftermath.

On His Own, the Burgundy Iconoclast Laurent Ponsot Looks to Big Projects
On to the (very) new.

California Cabernet Too Hot to Handle
We humans are slow to learn.

Is There a Middle Way Through Wine’s Naturalist Divide?
A reasonable question.

Missing Wine Case Heading to Court
Hmm, where did that $500k worth of wine get to… I know I left it somewhere here.

Exploring Rosé Winemaking Techniques
A sort of geographical survey.

Protecting the global spirit of wine
Tim Atkin, thoughtful as usual.

Pay-to-Play Schemes Keep TTB Busy
Can we get the FTC involved and put these people behind bars?

Bordeaux Bureaucrats Create a Sugary Mess at Chateau Giscours
Unused to enforcement.

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure
Is wine as good as sex? Maybe.

Pouring Stars
Matt Kramer mostly just makes us jealous about his eating these days.

The Beginner’s Guide to Natural Wine
Wine Enthusiast does a 101.

Spring Mountain vintner Stuart Smith: Napa County’s Measure C is flawed
Stu has it right.

Who judges the wine judges? And how can we increase judge diversity?
Jamie Goode asks good questions.

Move over Bordeaux: Could Brittany soon rule France’s wine map?
Thank you, global warming.

America’s Next Must-Visit Wine Region Is Where You’d Least Expect It
F&W discovers Idaho.

Should California Winemakers Be Worried About China’s Tariffs?
Depends on your time horizon.

Would You Know a Fake Wine If You Tasted It?
Lettie Teague tastes from both sides of the Koch cellar.

Wine fraud expert uncorks blockchain technology to protect integrity of expensive vintages
Maureen Downey gets some local coverage.

Massandra – Crimea’s liquid crown jewels
The magic of Massandra.

Found: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Coffin in a Wine Cellar
A “quite gothic” resting place.

Why You’ll Be Seeing Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels Everywhere
But mostly you’ll be smelling them.

The Wine That’s Designed for Chugging at Coachella
Sigh. Kids, these days.

The women of wine
A noble society.

Court Allows £10 Wine Brand to Use “Petrus” name
No overlap in customers.

Jefford on Monday: The liquid novel – white Mas de Daumas Gassac
An unusual blend

Soave wine pioneer Leonildo ‘Nino’ Pieropan dies
Another pioneer gone.

How a Gang of Thirsty Thieves Stole Over $500,000 Worth of Wine
Justice done.