Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/27/16

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.


Kuvée is trying to reinvent wine with a ridiculous Wi-Fi bottle
This gets my vote for the lamest wine invention ever. Worse than all those aerators.

A German entrepreneur who started Myanmar’s first winery is now harvesting the rewards
Two harvests a year!

Jay McInerney’s Epic Tour of Burgundy
Except he left out all the salacious bits.

He Had a Gun
Great little piece by Craig Camp

Ever Wonder What Napa Wines Tasted Like in the 1930s?
When wine writers engender jealousy

The 1855 Classification of Bordeaux’s Médoc
Jamie Goode thinks about revising the 1855 Classification.

Greece-ing the wheels of recovery
Simon Reilly on the advances in Greek wine

In a league of its own
James Halliday argues for the virtues of Hunter Valley Semillon

Wine to Die For – The Last Supper Wine List
The (very) last thing that folks want in their mouths.

Raising a glass to Lanzarote
Tom Rowley does advance scouting for the Prime Minister’s holiday.

California Grapes That Flourish in Splendid Isolation
A great profile of a grower who really struck out for parts unknown.

Henri Bonneau, French Wine Producer Known for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Dies at 77
Eric Asimov writes a brief obit on the old man of the caillou.

The historic phases of Pinot Noir in California: 4.0…and counting
Steve lays out a theory of epochs.

Bordeaux Winemakers Are Snapping Up Napa Estates
Elin McCoy on recent purchases in Napa

Arsenic in Wine Lawsuit Thrown Out
Sanity prevails.

Why I don’t collect wine
Don’t collect. Accumulate.

Wine from weird places: Is there value in seeking out wine from obscure regions?

YES, to weird wine.

Natural wine, what the fuss? We have it all wrong…
Nice post by Jeremy Parzen.

If it’s grapes you like, savor them in minimalist carbonic wines
Joe Appel on the charms of carbonic.

The 2016 Wine Market Council’s Findings Are Wrong
Rob has issues with the WMC’s most recent report.

Wine Market Council Stands by their 2016 Consumer Research on Millennial Wine Consumption Habits
WMC admits their main finding was inaccurate.

Italy’s first all-woman vineyard
Cool story.

South Africa’s top 20 wine producers
A thoughtful ranking by Tim James.

Why Britain could soon produce better wines than France
Jane Merrick boosts English Fizz

Dunne on Wine: Colorado vintners endure a rocky road
Mike Dunne tastes Colorado wine and, well…Mikey likes it!

There’s a Gaping Hole in the Scientific Case for Moderate Drinking
Oh well. It still tastes good.