Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/3/16

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.


UGC: the real reason that wine writers are an endangered species
Jamie Goode on why all the (paid) wine writers are disappearing

Anti-fraud squad raids Burgundy producer Bejot Vins et Terroirs
Allegations of appellation mixing. Oh my!

The best airlines for wine
Le Pan on the results of an international competition.

Jefford on Monday: Tasting history
Andrew Jefford descends into Clos de Tart

Oenology: the heat is on for wine producers
The Financial Times weighs in on climate change and wine

Claims of a Ponzi Scheme in the Collapse of a Rare-Wine Seller
Premier Cru makes it to the NYT.

You’re Drinking Your White Wine Wrong
Jim Clarke suggests a little age might help.

Understanding Champagne Labels
A good primer

Spit or Die
On the fine art of spitting

On Mendoza, Cancer, and Evita Perón – “I Have More Strenght Than I Appear to Have”
When life gets complicated, drink wine.

Appreciation of Fine Wine Came Slowly to the American Palate
Nice historical perspective from the Smithsonian

Isn’t It Great When You Prefer The Cheaper Wine?
Nick Passamore on a good wine moment. 

Canada’s next great wine region: Nova Scotia
A good primer on a unique growing region

Anson on Thursday: The best Bordeaux restaurant wine lists
“Bordeaux forgot wine was supposed to be fun”

Grüner Veltliner: Sip Spring From a Wine Glass
Lettie Teague picks Gruner

No One Asked for This $200 Wi-Fi-Enabled “Smart” Wine Bottle
But they made it anyway.

Torching Wood for Terroir with Canada’s Last Living Barrel-Maker
A dying art indeed

Australian Doctors Want Everyone to Stop Drinking Box Wine
Alex Swerdcloff explains it ain’t the boxes, it’s the prices

Harsh climate, great wines: Santorini proves the rule
Assyrtiko rocks, thinks Michael Austin

Drinking Wine With Kurt Russell is as Fun as You Might Think
Maxim Magazine does wine

An At-A-Glance Guide to Corsican Wine
Jon Bonné on who to drink

Acid Test: Acidity and Acidification in Napa Valley
Good article on acid 

After 9/11, a Winemaker’s Journey Began
Lettie Teague profiles Jonathan Hesford

Billionaire Koch Brother Will Sell 20,000 Bottles of Wine
Quite possibly the safest bet at auction, ever?

Krug’s unusual ethos
Jancis Robinson dives deep into the Krug mystique.

Master Somms Chase the Corporate Dollar
Everyone’s gotta earn a living!

Burgundy Price Differences ‘Ridiculously Wide’
A few feet can mean huge price variations in Burgundy.