Wine news January 26, 2017

Bloomberg on why people are talking soil. "At the James Beard Award-winning Husk restaurants in Charleston, S.C., and in Nashville, wines on the list are organized by rock type—limestone, granite, slate, volcanic. Under limestone, you’ll see a white from Portugal; under granite you’ll find two Beaujolais reds from Fleurie."

The Wall Street Journal on how Australian wines are rising again. "For French-born sommelier Michael Engelmann, his time in Australia in 2010 proved a revelation. He was impressed by its diverse regions and grapes."

Conde Nast Traveler visits New Zealand wine country. “You can’t access so much top wine this easily in only a day in practically any other wine region on earth,” says Arvid Rosengren."

Jane Anson in Decanter on what Thomas Jefferson did in Bordeaux. "Anyway, back to Jefferson. Ginestet covers in great detail Jefferson travels around European vineyards, not just Bordeaux, but he also provides fascinating background to what Bordeaux was like at the time, as seen through the eyes of locals and other travellers to the region."

Jon Bonné in Punch on California's third wave in Chardonnay. "And chardonnay from the Golden State has unquestionably entered a golden era—at least among its best wines."