Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/15/18

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.

The Judgement of Paros – The Greek Paradox
Alfonso has a purely Greek moment.

German Wineries Launch a New Classification for Sparkling Wine
Interesting development. Will it lead to better wines?

Duckhorn Wine Company Buys Kosta Browne
Another big ticket, no doubt.

Australia’s only Japanese winemaker serves no wine before its time
Always fun to see the hometown paper profile an expat.

French winemakers say warning labels will ruin ‘the soul of France’
The anti-alcohol lobby is strong.

In Wine and Critics, Populists Find an Easy Target
Eric Asimov, as usual, gets it exactly, brilliantly right.

What Is Carbonic Maceration in Wine, and Why Does It Taste So Damn Fun?
I don’t agree with Marissa Ross.

Jefford on Monday: The fullness of wine
I’ve never heard this guy’s name, but now I have to meet Mounir Saouma.

On the Difficulty of Describing Great Wine
Words, words, words.

A Rare Outbreak of ‘Rabbit Fever’ Popped Up at a German Winery. The Surprising Cause? Grapes.
Not a spanner in the works, a mouse.

The Effects of Wine Bottle Closure Type on Perceived Wine Quality: An Expected Result Plus a Somewhat Surprising One
This will make the cork people happy.

How To Make “Fine” Wine More Inclusive, Worldwide: Questions Of Race And Taxes
Interesting topics of conversation from Cathy Huyghe

Travel Off the Beaten Path in Virginia Wine Country
Pygmy goats, indeed.

Modern humans relish “dangerous” bitter flavours
Andrew Jefford goes spelunking in our evolutionary past.