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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/24/19


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.

Chronicling the Renaissance of Italy’s Alto Piemonte Region
The right time for a comeback.

Ingenious ways to reuse bottles instead of recycling them
The wine world needs more of this.

Personal Observations on Drinking Less Expensive Wine
Tim James goes a’slummin’.

Getting to Know Piquette, a Wine-Adjacent Spritzer
Sounds tasty. I’d like to try some.

Clairette – a rising star?
In South Africa, no less.

Napa’s Rise of the Machines
And most will welcome their new robotic overlords.

St Emilion to Enforce Organic Practices
This would be a seriously important move.

Napa and Sonoma bottles rise to the top of American wine lists. Again.
Dave McIntyre on some recent stats.

On The Subject Of Wine Influencers
Shana offers some interesting insights here.

A Tribute to Lisa Shara Hall, 1952 – 2019
A loving tribute to well-known figure in our wine journalism circles. RIP.

Meet the Women Winemakers of Portugal
Roger Voss profiles a few.

Dirty & Rowdy’s Unfamiliar Mourvedre is a wine that reflects a family’s tragedy — and attempts to heal it
Esther Mobley on a great wine with a sobering story behind it.

Who’s allowed to sell ‘Macedonian wine’?
A wine region, and a country.

California’s new wave washes abroad
Jancis checks in on California.

Tasting 114-Year-Old Wine With the Rothschilds at Château Lafite
Elin goes to a very fancy dinner.

German Wineries Are Running Out of Bottles
That’s a problem.

Australian Wine Today: Fresh, Crunchy and ‘Smashable’
Maybe people will now start to pay attention again, eh, Eric?

Behind Portugal’s Traditional Amphorae Wines
Gimme some of that talha.

California wine’s new paradigm: Bright, juicy, translucent reds
Yes, indeed.

Meet the Women Winemakers of Brunello, Italy
Great profiles. Except they’re missing Stella di Compalto.

Biodynamic Production Offers a Look at the Future of Fine Wine
Barron’s discovers BD.

Age-Worthy Long Island Wines Prove The Region’s Longevity
Courney Schiessl spills the beans.

Carignan is Working its Way into the Spotlight
As well it should.

Carema – “Strong and Likeable as the Sun and the Stone”
Alfonso goes exploring.

A vintage Swiss wine festival
Sign me up!

How to Save on Your Wedding Wine
All good advice.

Isabelle Legeron MW on setting standards for natural wine
Aren’t standards for The Man?

Vineyard Lawsuit a Test for Napa
Is To Kalon a place or a brand?

This young couple in the Texas Hill Country is making some of the most exciting small-batch wines
Alfonso Cevola has a new byline.

Sommeliers of the Year 2019
Some great picks here.

China slows down
Jancis pops the balloon.

‘Overstuffed’ wines analysed
Elaine digs deep on a metaphor.