Daily Wine News: Reflecting on 50 Years of Wine

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41CLtyPIQ-L._SX395_BO1,204,203,200_Almost 50 years since it was first published, The World Atlas of Wine has reached its eighth edition. In Decanter, John Stimpfig talks to Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson about what has changed in the wine world over that time.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars founder Warren Winiarski is this year’s recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, conferred by the National Museum of American History. He’s the first winemaker to ever receive that award, whose past honorees include George Lucas, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lady Bird Johnson and Stephen Hawking. Esther Mobley shares the details in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In Bon Appétit, Marissa A. Ross considers merlot’s comeback, and also recommends wines for Thanksigving.

With Beaujolais Nouveau Day just passed, Evan Rail looks at other European wine regions that make vin nouveau in VinePair.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at how the quality of dry wines is changing in the Douro Valley. “It’s an enormous difference in a single generation. Twenty years ago, there weren’t a lot of great Douro Valley table wines. The world has only gotten hotter, but Douro Valley table wines have gotten cooler.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre recommends new wine books for holiday gift-giving.

“Jean Gautreau, who turned the neglected Sociando-Mallet winery into a competitor with Bordeaux’s classified growths, has died at the age of 92,” reports Suzanne Mustacich in Wine Spectator.

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