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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/26/18

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.

Dry American Rieslings Never Tasted So Sweet
Eric Asimov has a dry sense of humor, but a sweet disposition.

Now is the Time to Drink Barbera from Piedmont
Nice overview from Kerin O’Keefe

Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now
A good list if you want to stray from the main road.

Beaumont’s Black-Market Wine
Buy the illegal stuff.

Andrew Jefford: Wine and the world
What role, wine?

You May One Day Have to Live Without Wine, Say Some Experts. Here’s Why
You’ll die before all the vines, though.

Wine’s Health Benefits Questioned
Crappy science.

China cultivates a grape-growing region, but it struggles to uncork great wines
Burgundy wasn’t built in a day.

How the Chernobyl Disaster Sold Europe on Washington Wines
Fascinating story, if a tiny bit of marketing.

Why The Biodynamic Wines Of Talmont Are Unique
Nice profile from Tom Mullen.

Buyers remain king in Napa wine mergers, experts say
Perspectives from big bucks

What’s in a name? The fight for a sparkling wine variety is proving not so sweet
Who owns a grape’s name?

So You Want to Be a Vintner: The Crazy, Unlikely Launch of Brilliant Mistake Wines
Sara Schneider does the profiling.

Grape Shortage Exacerbated as Growing Demand Collides with Bad Weather and Pests in the Mid-Atlantic
2017 turning out to be a tough vintage some places.

A fermentation of ideas
A summary of the first MUST conference

Money & Wine: Good, Bad & Ugly
Mike Veseth takes on the $64,000 dollar question.

Exploring New Directions for California Wine
The future is young.

Estimates of cork taint from the Wine Spectator Napa office
Good trends

Local winemaker Patrick Foley dies at 31
Tragic early loss.

Wines on a Plane: Does Drinking Affect You Differently While Flying?
Better than snakes on a plane.

Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2018
The annual list (and photo shoot).

The lost civilization of California wine
Esther Mobley digs into the granite under Renaissance.

Michigan’s “Legendary” Viticulturist Dies
RIP Stan Howell

How to Train Your Wine Palate
Practice, practice, practice.

Why Thinking About Wine Without Borders Is The New Way To Approach Wine
Wine has always transcended borders.

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