Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/8/18

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.

The Emergence of Non-Vinifera Wines
Emerging from obscurity and awfulness.

How this mother-son duo sold more than $1 million worth of Wine Condoms
How American wine consumers will buy anything called a “wine preservation device”

The Proof Is in Their Palates
No men allowed.

A line of wines inspired by Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was killed within hours of its launch after online backlash
Worst wine marketing idea ever? Wine with a rape theme. Horrific marketing copy, too.

Nova Scotia Vines Withered by Freeze
That’s gonna hurt.

Napa’s Cabernet Dependency Deepens
Blake Gray watches prices rise.

Sorry Mr Parker, but the world has moved on
Tim Atkin is over it.

Paillard Quits over Palmer ‘Betrayal’
Because their new distributor, Constellation, makes california wine labeled ‘Champagne’

Barack Obama Has Resurfaced to Talk About… Wine
Oh yes.

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro
Just say “medium plus” in front of everything and you’ll be fine.

Youth Are Kicking Up The Quality And Diversity Of Hungarian Wines
The rising stars of the rising star.

Tim James: On the Alheit Vineyards Labels
Labels as interesting as the wines, apparently.

In Lodi, the ‘Zinfandel Capital of the World,’ Cab is king
Everywhere in California except perhaps the Sonoma Coast.

France’s Green Volcanoes Wine Region Has Finally Been Recognized By UNESCO
Go for the scenery, stay for the wine.

Japanese Domestic Wine Production on the Rise
As is Japanese wine tourism.

American Rosés Without Clichés

Ramato, the Unexpected Rosé Alternative
Orange wine by any other name…

Get Over Your Fear of Chilling Red Wine
Elin McCoy sets us straight.

Millions of Bottles of Spanish Rosé Sold as French
Sacre bleu! They’re the ones that got caught.

E. & J. Gallo Winery Is At The Forefront Of Consumer Trends, And The Findings Will Intrigue You
Market research on how people are starting to drink.

Relief as Napa Fire Risk Recedes
Might still be coughing, but also sighing.

How the Pennsylvania Wine Industry Is Rising to the Top
Some profiles of key players.

Unique wine made from grapes growing wild in a riverbed
Good, but I didn’t like it as much as Blake.

Soldera – whom doubt doth not assail
But does anyone doubt the supremacy of his wines?

Does Soil Really Affect Wine’s Flavour
Crappy headline. Of course it does. But the article makes a more subtle point.

California fires – then and now
Elaine begins a three part series on the fires.

Rosés That Are Meant to Age
Oh yes, they can age.

Deeper Shades of Pink
Elaine Brown on color sensitivity.

Sonoma County wineries find that everything is coming up rosé
It’s that season.

Icon Wines: Leaving Typicity in the Dust?
Interesting article by Christy Canterbury.

Why Some Winemakers Are Using Acacia Barrels
Not just because they’re cheap.

Why You Need to Try One of the Oldest Wines in the World
Interesting and tasty.

Japanese winemakers face deportation from France despite making ‘exceptional’ red
Not just in America.