Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/21/18


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.

Wine Supply is Hitting a Tipping Point
Rob Forbes does the analysis. And has some interesting insights.

Zim somms take on the world – again
And make quite a show of it.

Languedoc harvest report 2018
Before the floods.

Willamette wineries to produce “Solidarity” wines to help Rogue Valley growers whose fruit was rejected by Copper Cane
Take that, Wagners.

New Directions for Washington Wine
An update from the Northwest.

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Wine Publicity
It’s a jungle out there.

Heavy Rains Have Ruined Virginia’s Wine Grapes This Year
That’s about the long and short of it.

As North Coast grape harvest nears end, wine industry frets about oversupply
Reinforcing Rob’s thoughts above.

The powerful allure of drinking wine that’s older than you: why is it so appealing?
Jeremy Parzen contemplates his mortality in a glass.

Repeatability of wine-quality scores
Critics are inconsistent.

Great debate: Is wine heading for tough times? YES
Felicty Carter argues for.

Great debate: Is wine heading for tough times? NO
Robert Joseph argues against.

Team Zimbabwe shocks world at wine testing competition
Underdogs rising.

10 years procuring for Japan’s fine wine market
Berry Brothers is everywhere.

Want the Nose of a Sommelier? Try a Wine Aroma Kit
Wired reviews aroma kits.

Pinot noir specialist has a new way to sell wine. Will other vintners follow suit?
Adam Lee’s new project.

American Wine Importers That Changed the Game: Part 2
Kelly White offers a second installment of greats.

Andrew Jefford: ‘Cannabis is coming and wine producers know it’
Follow the money.

Whose wine judgment matters most? Your own, of course.
Dave McIntyre has it right.

A New Wave of Umami Wines Blooms Under Flor
A logical extension of the Sherry craze.

The world’s great Chardonnays
Jancis runs them down.

When Does Smoke Actually Result In Tainted Wine Grapes? It’s Complicated.
And mysterious.

Michel Rolland: Cahors Was in the Middle Ages, Now it Makes Beautiful Wine
The original Malbec.

The Rise of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
Good stuff.

Big Wine Brands’ Bizarre Beginnings
If you want a little soap opera with your wine.

World wine output falls to 60-year low
Don’t panic. Maybe Napa can lend some.

Douro harvest delivers quality on back of “absurdly low” yields
Old vines, extreme weather, not many grapes.

Richard Hemming MW: fighting for the rights of wine
More valuable than other drinks, says Richard.

Road Trip Through Portugal’s Wine Country–With My Mom
A wine and travelogue.

Why Eva Fricke Is a Symbol of the New German Wine
And her wines are killer.