Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/23/18


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.

Happy Holidays!

The story of California Chardonnay – part 1
Elaine begins an historical treatise.

New Year’s resolutions for the wine trade
Robert Joseph invokes Iolanthe.

Two men we will miss
Jancis remembers Paul Symington and Richard Geoffroy

Napa Supervisors surprised by deluge of comments on family farm woes and winery rules
Because they’re out of touch.

Is Provence rosé under threat?
Rosé boom leads to stiff competition

Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting
And why not. People love it.

Who is Who in New York’s Wine Scene
Jeff Siegel runs down the usual suspects

Wines, they are a’changing
Penfolds Baijiu?!?

New Zealand According to Oz Clarke
More than Sav Blanc

The kingdom of the blind
Matt Walls on blind tasting.

The Basque Region’s Secret Restaurant Clubs
Porrons and patatas bravas.

Jefford on Monday: Christmas wine
Andrew talks wine at Christmas.

Praise for English Fizz Provokes Splutters in Champagne
Getting better and better.

Successful Wine Cooperatives: Field Reports from Cooperative Managers in Austria, Italy, and Germany
Geek-level details, but interesting.

Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons
Antonio Galloni says good things.

Understanding Sugar in Wine
Kelli White continues her ongoing education series on things that matter in wine

The Wine Legacy of Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino
End of an era.

CA Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom to give up control of his wine & hotel business
Plumpjack goes into a blind trust.

SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year
Esther Mobley makes a very unusual choice.

The story behind The Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year decision
And then she explains it.

Your Definitive Guide to Sweet Wines
An excellent primer.

Behind wine brand Kendall-Jackson’s growing direct-to-consumer strategy
The empire is moving online.

Bad smells
Jamie Goode on how your nose works.

Is Wine Writing in Decline?
A brief alternate perspective.

Taurasi, the Jewel from South Italy
Paul Balke’s overview

Why wine must be wine
Janie Goode takes a stand.

Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Importance, yes. Primacy?we don’t know.

France allows new grape varieties in AOC wines to address sustainability issues
Change in the face of changing climate

Why Portland Is America’s Champagne Capital
More reasons than Pix…

Jancis Robinson: Lifetime Achievement Award
A nice sit down with Jancis.