Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/13

I read a lot of stuff about wine on the Internet. People frequently ask me for recommendations. But there’s just so much out there and only so much room in my head. In part that’s why I’ve been curating a wine magazine on on Flipboard for the last year or so. But for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, I’ve decided to post a round-up here of what’s caught my eye over the past week.


Twelve important figures in the modern history of wine
Oxford University Press highlights a few tastemakers throughout history.

Wildfires Devastate Wine Country in California: Photos
Devastate may be overstating it, but it’s not pretty.

Costco Heir Aims to Create New Napa Cult Wines in 1,403 Steps
Elin McCoy on a new Napa brand.

6 cities to consider for your next wine vacation
Some tips from Jordan Rane on where to go to drink well.

Grapes worth US$45k stolen from E.Guigal
Disappointing news on the eve of harvest in Condrieu.

El Dorado County: An unexpected wine region
Ari Burack profiles a lesser known California wine region.

Snow the secret ingredient for making wine in Finland
Gotta get me some Finnish wine!

Why Some Winemakers Don’t Just Put a Cork In It
Lettie Teague on getting some closure.

Has Champagne Lost Its Pop?
Will Lyons asks the controversial question. Is Champagne still the top?

The Wine Time Capsule from 2015
A cute little article by a slightly debarbed Hosemaster.

Wine Counterfeiter Appeals Conviction
The Spectator reports on the ongoing Kurniawan saga.

White Bordeaux Demands Close Attention
Eric Asimov on the charms of white Bordeaux.

California Diocese Sells Premium Wine Made from Cemetery-Grown Grapes
Forget crushed stone, the tasting note is crushed bone, says W. Blake Gray.

Anson: The next great Bordeaux wine scientist
A grandiose title, but interesting article from Decanter.

Q&A: Penfolds Winemaker Kym Schroeter
Wine Searcher interviews the guy named Best White Wine Maker in the world.

Louis-Antoine Luyt: Vine Archaeologist and Winemaker
A French winemaker goes to Chile to discover his roots

Isik Gilcubuk Winemaker at Kastro Tireli in Izmir, Turkey
Interview with a Turkish winemaker.

Natural wine: It’s unfiltered and unrefined – and could make hangovers a thing of the past
The Independent jumps on the natural wine bandwagon.

Old World, New Wine
Alan Richman on a new wave in the old world, highlighting some favorite producers.

Unnatural selection? Extreme Sorting in Napa Valley
Kelli White on the mania of sorting.