Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/6/18

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.

Young Innovators Are Raising Puglian Wines’ Quality and Image
John Mariani offers his picks.

5 Unexpected, but Totally Worthwhile, American Wine Trips
The tourist point of view.

The Vineyard Where Retired French Soldiers Make Wine
Reporting for duty among the vines.

Diversity in the World of Wine
Julia Coney tries not to take it personally.

Contrasting Fortunes for Fortified Wine
Jim Lawrence says it’s murky.

Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows
Liza Zimmerman reports.

The Complicated and Scandalous History of Islamic Wine Poetry
A scent sweeter than your beloved….

Swartland Wines
One blogger’s POV.

Jefford on Monday: Mindfulness and wine
Andrew argues for meditative wine drinking.

How to Drink Natural Wine Like Someone Who Knows What They’re Doing
Wait, there’s a special way to drink it? Damn. Here’s an article with ALL the tropes.

The Pioneering Family-Run Wineries of Washington
Good profiles, even if Sean has a little home-region bias.

German Wines Take Center Stage
And then they take a bow.

Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries
Mike Dunne on newcomers and oldies in the foothills.

Austria’s Red Wines are Ready for Prime Time
Actually they’ve been ready for years.

The Unwritten Rules of Tasting Room Etiquette
That no one seems to know.

Rod Smith Remembrance
A formidable wine writing talent, sadly lost too soon.

Why Moscato is Misunderstood
Not buying it. In both senses of that.

Napa Vintner and Entrepreneur Leslie Rudd Dies at 76
Another major wine industry figure gone.