Wine news, February 11, 2015

The Wine Enthusiast produces a Fifty Shades of Grey wine list.

Decanter reports that winemakers in Europe with steep hillside vineyards are looking to secure EU subsidies.

Winesearcher reports that biodynamic pioneer winemaker Nicolas Joly has split with the regional Loire promotional body.

Bloomberg reports on Maureen Downey's new wine fraud website. "Downey estimates the value of the counterfeits Kurniawan dumped on the market between 2002 and his arrest in 2012 to be roughly $130 million when he first sold them. "

Wines and Vines on how California's grape harvest declined 7.9% after two boom years.

Jamie Goode on reasons to be optimistic about the world of wine. "First, there’s more interesting wine being made today than any time in history. Winegrowers are finding interesting terroirs outside the established classic regions and are producing really interesting wines with a sense of place."

In the Sacramento Bee Mike Dunne says Australia is on the rise again. "What’s more, the abundance of cheap Australian wine drew consumer attention from the country’s more refined and expensive wines, which were undergoing parallel improvements, though they weren’t registering with nearly as many consumers."

Cosmopolitan exclaims there is new evidence that wine can burn fat. " In a new study that builds off previous research in which a special extract found in grapes (and wine!) reduced weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet, researchers found that this extract works on human cells too — and now they think they know why."

The Chicago Tribune asks what is tannin and what is it doing in your wine?