Wine News 4-11 November

Welcome back, wine lovers! It’s time again for our favourite news stories of the week.

First off, some bad news from Italy: Tuscany’s biggest producer of Vin Santo, Tenuta di Artimino, has lost its entire crop to a freak hailstorm and will have to forgo production in 2014.

Bottlenotes calls Woodinville “Washington State’s wine hotspot” — a strange claim for a town where no grapes are grown. Find out why, and the local spots they recommend visiting.

Chablis Grand Cru is underpriced, argues Tim Atkin, and he gives you seven to try from the 2013 vintage.

Australian winemakers are planning to split their vineyards in Barossa Valley and Clare Valley into new sub-regions to create boundaries based on their different soils and micro-climates.

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber are opening a pop-up shop and tasting room in London to run from 27 November until 13 December. There are a wide range of events scheduled and Nyetimber has even collaborated with Jermyn Street perfumer Floris to create a limited edition scent.

Andrew Jefford’s column in Decanter this week is on Limoux in France’s Languedoc. Jefford’s insights on the region and its sparkling wines are well worth a read.

Another great resource we ran across this week for lovers of sparkling wines appeared over on Wine Folly, where Madeline Puckette introduces you to 23 non-Champagne sparklers. As usual on Wine Folly, the article is accompanied by first-class infographics.

And finally, Dr. Vino posted about both Kerin O’Keefe’s new book, Barolo and Barbaresco, and the Italian documentary Barolo Boys, which was just screened in New York City.

Did we miss any of your favourite stories from this week? Let us know!

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