Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/2/18


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.

Champagne tries to beat heat amid another early harvest
Among the earliest in the past decade.

A good reason to make wine fun
We need a reason?

North Dakota is trying to produce more wine of its own
Watch those winters, though…

‘Ideal’ conditions for English wine as 2018 harvest begins
Global warming is helping someone, at least.

Rabobank Takes Bets On Future U.S. Wine Market Conditions
And it’s full of M&A

Trump tariffs could squeeze local wineries
Everything becoming more expensive.

North Coast grape growers depend on foreign workers and machines for annual harvest
The grapes must come in.

California’s Edgiest, Riskiest Wine Region Is About to Get a New Name
‘Bout damn time.

Beppe Rinaldi, iconic Barolo grower and natural wine advocate, has died.
RIP Beppe.

Does Soil Really Affect Wine’s Flavor?
Alex Maltman continues to plug his book.

Is Sonoma reaching ‘peak wine’?
Not anywhere close.

Ten new Masters of Wine named
Hard work pays off for the newest crop.

A short personal history of Arneis
Alfonso gets personal.

So You Want to Be a Wine Importer?
A step by step guide, so to speak, by Kelli White.

I’ll drink to that: the best wine podcasts
Fiona Beckett rounds up her faves by way of a plug for her upcoming venture.

2 Cornell Profs Hot On Wine Grape Hybrids Hint Europe May Be Too
The division between classic and hybrid is fading… just in time?