Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/13/18

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 Rise of The Italian Wine Specialist in America
Why we love Alfonso.

At World’s Largest Food Market, a Sip of Wine After a Night of Butchery

How Martha Stoumen Became a Master of Nero d’Avola
Definitely time for Nero.

Sake embeds itself abroad with new U.K. brewery
Interesting choice of location.

100,000L of premium NZ wine set to drench market
Gewurtztraminer proves to be a tough sell.

U.S. Wine Retailers And The Constitutional Right To Ship Out Of State
Let’s hope the supreme court gets this one right. 

Preserving Acidity is the Biggest Issue in Champagne
Thank you Global Warming.

Monty’s 2018 organic/BD audit
The list.

Chianti Classico on a roll
All signs point to a true renaissance.

Jane Anson: Why it’s an exciting time for Sonoma Cabernet
Decanter discovers Sonoma Cabernet (sigh).

Jasper Morris MW: Global Warming Has Moved Burgundy’s Top Sites Uphill
Grand Cru may not be quite as grand anymore? Read the comments.

The number of wineries per US state
What the data tell us.

We Drank a 172-Year-Old Wine. How’s It Taste?
Elin McCoy has all the fun.

Marijuana is emerging among California’s vineyards, offering promise and concern
And the ‘terroir map’ doesn’t even cover this section of the state.

Diana Snowden Seysses Brings a Burgundian Mindset to Napa
Hopefully not vice versa. A nice portrait.

The Wine Workers We Don’t See
A sad story to read.

Do winemakers improve with age?
A very interesting question.

How aware are wine drinkers of wine regions?
Barely. 27% of regular wine drinkers aren’t familiar with Napa.

Jefford on Monday: Blue moon on the left bank
Andrew tastes and talks through 1998.

How are Drones Making a Difference in Viticulture?
If you’re into that sort of thing…

Loss, Hope & Renewal
Visual essays, one year after the fires.

Sonoma County Winegrowers exec loses house and some hair in wildfire, but finds love — and a Porsche
A wonderful, and harrowing, personal account.

Sothebys Just Sold the Five Most Expensive Bottles of Wine Ever
Amazing what people will pay for provenance in the post-Kurniawan world.

Some Nobody Pissed Away $558,000 and Is Now the Sophisticated Owner of World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
And another point of view on that.

Why Would Anyone Ever Pay $558,000 for a Bottle of Wine?
And another.

US Master Sommeliers shrink and compensate
Elaine Brown on the recent scandal.

Michael Mondavi Shares His Grape Expectations for Winemaking
The glamorous portrait.

Where to Find a Bargain in Burgundy
Lettie Teague drinks Mâconnais.

What Really Happens as Wine Ages?
Anne Krebiehl answers the age-old question.

LeBron James says he shares wine with his sons — ages 11 and 14
I’m sure he’ll be excoriated for that.

An ex-aide charged with stealing $1.2 million of wine from Goldman Sachs CEO leaps 33 floors to his death
A sad ending.

How one Chicago sommelier seeks out ‘hip-hop’ wines: ‘If it ain’t yummy, it ain’t flyin’ ‘
A fun profile.

The ‘Wine Archive’ That Quietly Improves the World’s Wine
The library vineyard.

In Defense of Regional Wine Cooperatives
Great article. These collectives shouldn’t be overlooked.

Examining the Science Behind Wineglass Shapes
Like I been sayin’ – It’s 98% BS.