Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/30/18

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.

This week was full of mostly just “best 10 sparkling wines under $X” stories, which I won’t bore you with. Only a few items of note this week. Happy New Year!

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Was Tricked into Investing in an Israeli Winery, Lawsuit Alleges
Much harder to suss out than bridges, apparently.

100 Years of Covering the Wine Industry
Doing an invaluable service.

Wine Retailer to Buy Majority Stake in Japanese Bitcoin Exchange for $30M
A head scratcher. Or at least a bit of one.

Jefford: Are you a label drinker?
Social media pushes us to be, says Andrew.

The Native and Indigenous Italian Grapes Series Round-up
Collect them all.

Oregon winemakers test blending in the vineyard
Field blends on the rise.

Jefford on Monday: The Past, The Future, Four Themes, Four Wines
Andrew Jefford in quarters.

Great Bubbly From England, Believe It or Not
The word is getting out.

Reduced Copper Spells Trouble for Champagne
Good rules. Copper is trouble.

The story of California Chardonnay – part 2
The second installment.

The story of California Chardonnay – part 3
The third installment.