Wine news August 10, 2017

Eater provides and excerpt from a book about Rudy Kurniawan. " “I’ve seen Rudy nail ten out of twelve burgundies that he tasted blind,” the wine auctioneer John Kapon of Acker Merrall & Condit tells me. Rajat Parr, a San Francisco sommelier and winemaker, says that after observing Kurniawan at a tasting, “I was very, very impressed."

Forbes on alcoholism in the wine industry. "This week we're shifting gears for a conversation with Tim Hanni -- Master of Wine (one of only 356 in the world), Certified Wine Educator, wine industry faculty member at Sonoma State University, and recovering alcoholic."

The Independent on how drinking wine can keep the flu at bay. "The study, conducted by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine, has found that a compound found in foods such as red wine, black tea and blueberries could help gut bacteria fight infections and prevent severe influenza."

Decanter profiles a wine pioneer in South Australia. "Wrattonbully also has terra rossa soils, but cooler nights and warmer days. It’s where Miller has decided to take a fresh look at Merlot, a grape that has been dismissed as uninteresting, or only a ‘filler’ for blending, in the heat of Australia for many years now."

The Drinks Business on the top 10 global wine brands of 2017. "But while Americans may be spending more on wine, boxed wine brand Franzia remains the world’s best-selling wine brand with a 0.7% share of the global market, according to Euromonitor."

Wines and Vines on understanding terroir. "This multidisciplinary approach is the basis of Gérard Seguin’s definition: “Terroir is a (cultivated) ecosystem, in a given place, in which the vine interacts with the natural environment and, in particular, the soil and the climate.”