Neo-prohibitionists and the WHO, and California’s imported bulk-wine problem

Unharvested old vine zinfandel next door to importing winery by Stuart Spencer

Two well-researched, hard-hitting reports reveal some unpleasant truths shaping the wine world right now. Above, Zinfandel grapes hang unharvested in a California vineyard neighbouring a winery that's importing bulk wine. Photo by Stuart Spencer.

Before I dig into the news, I want to make sure everyone knows about a few events. Jancis is on her way to the US and this Friday 29 March, she’ll be in San Francisco leading a seminar on the future of wine in collaboration with K&L Wine Merchants. On Saturday 30 March she’ll be hosting two book signings and tastings at K&L followed by a...