Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/9/18


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.

Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards–and the Water Underneath
Big bucks bet.

The Science of Esters in Wine
A primer.

The Changing Face of Champagne
Thoughts from James Lawrence.

Fears for NZ’s reputation after winemakers found adding sugar to wine destined for EU
Uh oh. Don’t buy Yealands wine.

Jefford on Monday: Brunello’s breakthrough
The challenges of success.

Natural Wines and Complex Blends
Tim James on the latest from South Africa.

Why Georgian Wines Are Among The Most Unique On The Planet
Everyone’s writing about Georgian wine.

A 31% Increase In Number Of California Wineries Makes Financial Success That Much Harder
Heavy duty competition.

A Snapshot of the American Wine Consumer in 2018
Buying more expensive wine. And online.

Inside wine retailing in Japan
A nice summary of the scene.

The Wines Of Etna – Excellence from An Extreme Production Zone
Tom Hyland writes a primer.

The importance of the wine label
Wine and Opera get apps.

6 Master Sommeliers Regain Titles After Exam Invalidation
It’s not clear how many who were stripped of their titles re-sat the exam.

Winery Owner Must Repay Investors
We’ve heard this story before.

Soleil Ho named the San Francisco Chronicle’s new restaurant critic
A non-white male. Refreshing. Only (minor) problem? Everyone knows what she looks like.

A Brief Interview With Kevin Zraly
4 questions.

The Latest Trends In Wine As Seen By Global Execs
France and organic rise to the top.

A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again
Galicia ascendant.

Willi Klinger to Step Down from Austrian Wine Role
End of quite an era.

Save the Old Vines, Pleads Spanish Master of Wine
Campaign in Spain.

8 New California AVAs on the Horizon
Sophia McDonald has the details.

Oregon’s Iberian Connection
Paul Gregutt on Tempranillo

Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries
A perfect storm is brewing.

US Master Sommeliers shrink and compensate
The saga continues.