Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/16/18


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.

What are Tannins, Really?
Anne Krebiehl breaks them down.

Julien Fayard Is a Wine Whisperer Worth Watching
Sara Schneider writes the profile.

Idaho’s Wine Scene has Endless Potential
Lot’s of promise, indeed.

Itinerary: Wine Tasting in Argentina’s Uco Valley
Because, Malbec.

The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take
Because, the scenery.

Why China Should Be Your Next Wine Destination
Because, the food.

Natural Wine, Explained
Nice try.

Should You Be Drinking Wine According to the Moon?
Let’s just start with drinking wine.

Oregon’s French Connection
Liza Zimmerman traces the threads.

Elin McCoy: ‘What is fine wine, anyway, and what will it be in the future?’
Elin recaps FM4FW.

The Comeback Winemaker
Except we’re missing the punchline. Who’s the winemaker?

Andrew Jefford: Understanding tension in wine
Andrew tackles the ineffable with his usual aplomb.

Australia’s drought could produce a corker vintage
Corker?!? Anyone around here speak Australian? 

Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales
Because the future buyers care about brands.

The Secret Wine Industry Impediment – Resources
Paul has a rogue’s gallery.

B.C. Wineries Testing for Smoke Taint
We’ll see a lot more headlines like this in the future.

Fashionable grapes
Jancis makes a list.

Understanding Disgorgement and Dosage
Becca Yeamans writes a primer.

Willamette Valley winemakers propose major labeling changes
Pushing for conjunctive labeling.

5 New Washington AVAs on the Horizon
Candy Mountain is the best.

Why do We Have Bad Wine Days?
An enduring mystery.

Caroline Gilby MW on the rise of Hungarian oak barrels
Not just for Hungarians anymore.

US-Colombian billionaire buys stake in Petrus – report
Transaction may be the highest valuation in history.

Hype over biodynamics reaching ludicrous levels, says viticulturist
A fine line between overhyped and just now mainstream.

Proposed Mondavi family winery generates controversy in Angwin
It will be a long hard road to approval.

Why the Tasting Room is Dead
Virginie Boone tracks down examples of the new paradigm.