Wine News: What I’m reading the week of 2/7/16

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the Interwebs. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.


8 Days in Paso Robles
Elaine Brown visually summarizes her intensive week in Paso.

State of the US Wine Industry in 2016 – Trends and Statistics
23rd consecutive year of growth for the US wine industry.

Passion, Cuba, Women & Wine
Rob McMillan went to Cuba with the California wine delegation.

Valtellinas Are No Longer Hiding in the Hills
Eric Asimov talks about the other Nebbiolo.

Raise a glass to Paris at its lively wine bars
S. Irene Virbila goes bar-hopping in Paris

DRC’s 2013 Wines Strike a Great Balance
A review of the current releases from DRC.

Police asking a wine bar about serving by the glass has tapped more anger about Sydney’s strict nightlife laws
Put your wine list too close to the window, go to jail.

World’s best chef who committed suicide was ‘the victim of a €1 million wine scam’
Even more of a tragedy than it already was.

France’s Cahors wine is new frontier for Argentina, China
Argentinean wineries investing in the Malbec homeland.

Hong Kong wine expert Sarah Heller on the terrors of blind tastings
Nice personal essay about blind tasting.

Review: ‘Somm: Into the Bottle’ Squanders the Wonderful Story of Wine
An interesting point of view on the new wine film.

Premier Cru: FBI investigating wine company, bankruptcy trustee says
Now things are going to get interesting.

Why South America’s fine wines deserve to be taken seriously
Will Lyons on the evolving state of Chilean and Argentinean fine wine.

Michael Mondavi on Painful Lessons from his Famous Father
Dorothy Gaiter talks with Michael Mondavi

Anson on Thursday: Vandalism, fraud and a rare Bordeaux wine
Bizarre story with some great reporting from Jane Anson

Meet the VC Who Actually Makes Money Investing in Wine Brands
Great profile of Charles Banks

Growing Grapes in Shangri-La
Bordeaux invests in China

The Line Between Nudnik and Knowing
Matt Kramer on the place where obsession transitions to bore

Meet the Director Whose New Film Showcases the World’s Most Valuable Wines
Jason Wise tells us he only made the film to drink good wine!

Sulfur, for Better and for Worse: A Look at the Effects of Sulfite Additions in Wine
Brief but good article on the subtleties of sulfites in wine

The perfect pinot problem
Wine in The Economist !!

Iconic Wineries of the Atlantic Coast
Here’s your tick list.

Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Launches Planet Grape Wine Review
Yet one more alternative to the crumbling hegemony of the Parktator

What You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Wine (But Were Too Afraid To Ask)
An interview with Jancis about her new book.