Wine News: What I’m Reading The Week of 8/2

People frequently ask me which blogs I read, where I get my wine news, and more. The answer is, all sorts of things from all over the place. For some time now, I’ve been curating what I think the best of what the web has to offer every week on Flipboard, and while there are about 25,000 people who read my selections there every week, far more come here to Vinography, so I’ve decided to post a round-up here of what’s caught my eye over the past week.

Where do Napa winemakers dine out?
Bill Ward interviews winemakers on where they like to eat in Napa.

Italy and Their Wine Debt to France
Alfonso Cevola muses on the relationship between two great wine countries.

One Wine Scoring System to Rule Them All
Rebecca Gibb looks at a methodology and web site that rationalizes scores from dozens of critics.

Jack Roberts: From England to New California
Christopher Barnes interviews winemaker Jack Roberts on his new winery project The Keep.

Larger Than Life: Profiling Parker
Patrick Schmitt conducts an extensive interview with Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Wine Country in the City: Making Pinot Noir in Heart of S.F.
Jon Bonné tells the story of an experiment to grow Pinot Noir in the city limits of San Francisco.

Confirmed: Sherry Makes Food Taste Better
Dave McIntyre makes the case for Sherry, and does it quite well.

The Beauty of Blending in Wine Making
John Wilson rhapsodizes about the art of the blend.

Think twice about investing in fine wine – it’s a vintage ploy for the fraudsters
Simon Read dispenses good advice and news of a recent fraud scheme.

Wine joins whisky in Japan’s ‘Napa Valley’
The Japanese wine industry continues to grow. C.W. Nicol brings us the latest.

New money pours into California wine country
CNBC explains why none of us will be able to afford to live in Wine Country.

Hong Kong’s Rise as Asia’s Wine Cellar
Barron’s Abby Schultz provides an overview.

Au Bon Climat – Lunch and More
Jancis Robinson vs. Jim Clendenen over lunch. What fun!

Cheers: Why Exactly Do We Toast with Wine?
Adrian Smith attempts to debunk the myths.

Yes, You Can Cellar and Age White Wine
Susan Kostrzewa tells us the blancs to bank.

Why Piedmont is the New Burgundy
Will Lyons argues for a new pinnacle of flavor.

Nice Glasses
The second wine story inside of a week from the New Yorker. Emma Allen unpacks Riedel.

Texas Hill Country: The Most Popular Wine Country You Never Knew About
Ayngelina Brogan makes the case for Texas.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Professional Wine Titles and Qualifications
In case you wanted initials after your name, Cal Faber shows you the options.

Wine fraud: banned director jailed after million pound con
More coverage of the major wine fraud case Jim Budd for Decanter.

Fine Wine Predictions: Burgundy Hitting a Wall?
Rupert Millar suggests prices have leveled off.

Assyrtiko, Now an American Treat
Erik Asimov pushes Assyrtiko as mainstream.

Breaking Ground
Amy Quin tells the story of an LA architect and his winery project in China.

The Art of the Wine Sale
Lettie Teague explores what it takes to sell wine.

Down with Wine Dogma: An Open Letter from Winemaker Sean Thackrey
California’s original hermit winemaker speaks.

Anything Grows: The Story of Wine in Washington State
Rich-media storytelling by Richard Hemming.

How to Help the Greek Economy by Drinking
Elin McCoy doesn’t mind if it’s all Greek to you.

Is There a Better Way to Talk About Wine?
The New Yorker’s Bianca Bosker tackles the vocabulary of wine.

Bros&eacute: Wine for the Angsty Bro Who Blushes When He ‘Drinks Pink’
The Guardian’s Jason Wilson on the latest in masculine drinking habits.

Posh pink: How Rosé Wine Was Rehabilitated
Because you needed more pink. Victoria Moore in the Telegraph.

Inside the Audacious Mind of an Unrepentant Wine Artisan
Ray Isle interviews Sean Thackrey.

L.A. County Supervisors Compromise on Santa Monica Mountains Vineyard Ban
Abby Sewell reports that LA Supervisors have seen fit to act rationally.

Top 10 Bike-Friendly Wine Routes
Because you know you want to. Mark Johanson for the Guardian.

Tired of Rosé? Eight Great Other Wines to Drink in the Summer Sun
Lawrence Ulrich makes a departure from the normal Summer recommendations.

Dry German Riesling
Importer Terry Theise initiates something of a pogrom for dry German Riesling.

Thieves Toast Successful Theft of Wine Worth Almost £1.5m with Champagne Inside Warehouse
Premature celebration, eh? Rose Troup Buchanan reports on BB&R break-in.

Georgia: a Visit to Dreamland
Tim Atkin highlights the Republic of Georgia.

A Cellar Full of Collateral, by the Bottle or the Case
Robert Frank examines the concept of liquid assets.

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