The best way to understand a topic is to keep reading about it. And that’s why my apartment has turned into quite the wine library (not just books, but magazines and of course all the wine bottles piling up). Funny, since otherwise, I’m not an avid book reader. But as a news gal, I’ve learned the only way to keep on top of an industry is to read as much as you can. I’ve added a reading list to the sidebar of this site, but as with many other sites out there in the blogoverse, I thought I’d start highlighting some specific stories that are either piquing my interest or are necessary reads to keep up with the industry. Hope they help you as much as they help me!
* California’s Wildfires and the Complexities of Wine in America via Punch is an honest look at what the flames in wine country exposed.
* Speaking of wildfires, California wasn’t the only wine region burning. Wine Spectator reports: Wildfires Devastate Spanish and Portuguese Wine Regions.
* And as NPR wrote, it’s not a very good year for wine in much of Europe, either: Wine Organization Forecasts Historically Bad Year Due to Weather Events.
* Back here in the states, trying to buy and sell wine is getting a bit more difficult. The New York Times explains: Interstate Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines.
* And if you’ve started buying online from Amazon, you’re out of luck, as many news organizations (including this one from Recode) reported: Amazon is shutting down its Amazon Wine business in the wake of the Whole Foods deal
* As a fan of the documentary Somm, it’s always fun to see the results of the Master Sommelier exam each year. In 2017, 8 more joined the ranks, and SevenFifty Daily caught up with six of them: How 6 New Master Sommeliers Made The Cut.
Keep tabs on my Twitter accounts: @alicyp and @itswinebyme for more of what I’m reading.