Wine news March 17, 2014

Jancis Robinson in the FT writes about João de Vallera, the current, unusually wine-minded Portuguese ambassador to Britain.

In the San Francisco Chronicle Jon Bonné reviews wine texts books of the past to better understand the current wine trends.

Lettie Teague in the Wall Street Journal on Silver Oak Cellars, Somms hate it, customers love it.

The San Jose Mercury News on Tablas Creek, the Paso Robles outpost of Chateau de Beaucastel.

In Decanter Andrew Jefford asks, has the Ukraine lost its most important wine-producing region?

In Winesearcher, French wine militants, The Crav, attack telephone poles.

In Palate Press, the economics of making wine in Central Otago, NZ.

In Wines and Vines, metrics show the popularity of red blends.

Hello Vino acquires the Instagram of wine, Corkbin, reports