Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/14

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.


Agriculture Minister boasts of Bulgaria’s wine export performance
And where do you think it all goes… ?

How the Birthplace of Apartheid Became a Wine Wonderland
Newsweek on South African wine

Young Women Drink Almost Half the Wine in America
Commentary on the latest US wine consumption statistics.

The government represses the industry at home while helping it to sell abroad
Nice piece on the struggles of the Turkish wine industry.

Where You Go, Wine Will Follow
Road trip with wine, anyone?

South Africa: The world’s most affordable fine wine?

Will Lyons heads south.

A Savvy Breed of Winemaker Takes Business Sense to the Winery
A nice piece on Bill Price and other business people running wineries like businesses.

World’s Biggest Wine Barrel Unveiled
And when they say big, they mean it.

Should You Buy 2014 Burgundy Futures?
Elin McCoy says yes.

Why you should crack open a bottle of the wine that’s ‘indestructible’
Dave McIntyre goes to Madiera

Coravin: Sparkling Wine Device Our Absolute Priority
Don’t expect it on the market anytime soon, however.

Longtime Schramsberg employee gets vineyard block dedicated to him
Nice story about a guy who knows every vine.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here’s A Taste
NPR gets on the Natural Wine bandwagon.

The shock of the new
Matt Walls on obscure wines.

Mendoza: The Home of Malbec
Christopher Barnes offers an in-depth look at Malbec in Argentina.

Argentina: A Terroir of Contrast
An overview on Argentina’s regions.

Spain in a pickle
Jancis Robinson on the appellation crisis in Spain and its echoes elsewhere

Giacomo Tachis, Who Brought French Influence to Italian Wine, Dies at 82
Hugely influential figure that few wine lovers know by name.

Do old vines really produce better wine?
Esther Mobly gets gnarly.

How A Mystical Concrete Egg Hatched A Money-Saving Wine Tank
The background behind the rise of the concrete egg.

To Move Beyond Malbec, Look Below the Surface
Eric Asimov digs the soils of Mendoza.

Wine Predictions from a Guy Who Sells 42 Million Bottles a Year
Ray Isle talks with Doug Bell of Whole Foods about what he’s seeing on the front lines.

Wine Market Council Unveils New Stats on Consumer Wine Consumption Habits
Wine consumption climbing steeply.

Bordeaux Added to Pesticide Blacklist
People are justifiably outraged to find out Bordeaux is using banned pesticides.

‘Smoking Gun’ Discovered in Dragon 8 Case
Don Cornwall to the rescue again.

Anson on Thursday: Pesticides and the rise of the resistants
Great article with scary import.

How Slow Food’s “Wine Bank” Is Trying to Preserve Italian Wine
Can I make a withdrawal? Or get a loan?

Federal Ponzi Scheme Investigation Follows Bankruptcy for Beleaguered Wine Retailer
The saga continues.

Cognac houses team up to address climate change
Nice to see people taking action.

A Case of You: When Oenophiles Fell for Wine
Lettie Teague talks about love in a bottle.

Oldest wine opened in NZ still ‘amazing’ after 113 years in a Wairarapa cellar
Damn. That sounds delicious.

On top of the wine world
Tim Atkin on Altura Maxima

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past
Getting some religion on soil health.

Lodi Native Taps Wisdom From Old Zinfandel Vines
Meg Maker reviews the latest releases.

A New Wave of Wine Lists
Hilary Sheinbaum charts some new lists.

Vin Clair – Where Great Champagne is Born
Caroline Henry on the process of making Champagne

Bardolino? Seriously?
Robert Camuto talks to a woman with vision.