Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/22/16

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. 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.


Record prices for Napa vineyard land
Prices up 14.8% to more than $300,000 an acre.

El Nino hampers Argentina’s 2016 wine harvest
Production down 25-40% thanks to 400% more rainfall than usual.

The five tribes of US wine buyers and the ROI of social media
A nice recap of a recent TMRW report that finds clear ROI for social media in wine

Over 100 bottles of vintage wine discovered beneath castle floorboards tasted with needle technology
A true treasure. But none of them have a screw cap, like the one in the photo.

Influential wine organization In Pursuit of Balance to cease operations
Jasmine and Raj say they’ve done what they set out to do.

Winemaker Randall Grahm’s “Weird, Different, Crazy” Vision
He will never be called a small thinker.

Is Bordeaux’s try and buy en primeur wine selling system outdated?
Yes, but it still rakes in millions.

How Del Frisco’s new wine director went from server to sommelier
A nice profile of Jonathan Rodrigues

De Montille: Hokkaido ‘A Really Exciting’ Region for Wine
OK, now I really gotta get there.

Ports of call: a wine tour of the Douro
Tasty recommendations for Portugal

Is India ready for wine pilgrimages?
The answer is undoubtably, yes.

Would You Buy Cheaper ‘Replica’ Wine?
Just like the cheap wine you love, only cheaper!

Get Ready for the Wine World’s Richest, Glitziest Weekend
Elin McCoy describes the bounty of Auction Napa Valley

A Star Turn for a Pinot Noir Rosé
Lettie Teague hangs out with Drew Barrymore

Far Niente Family Feud Ends with Winery Sale
Nickel Family is out. Private Equity is in.

US Prepares for Another English Invasion
English Fizz coming to our shores.     

Why the Canary Islands Remain the Perfect Storm of Wine Cool
Jon Bonné giving away all the secrets.

Close to Home: When a right goes wrong: Vineyard frost protection, river flows and salmon
Water, it seems, is a zero sum game.

Money and wine
New car, caviar, four star daydream, think I’ll buy me a football team…

Hail in Chablis vineyards adds to frost woes
Chablis can’t get a break this Spring

Dropping The Mic On Online Wine ROI (TMRW Engine’s 2016 Digital Wine Report)
Yes, now there’s proof that engaged online consumers spend more on wine.

Reaching for Ritual
Matt Kramer enjoys rituals

Silicon Valley Investment Firm Buys Majority Stake in Napa’s Far Niente Wine Estates
Private Equity doubles down on Napa

Spring For These Rieslings
Wine Enthusiastic waxes poetic for German Riesling

Why Burgundy Is The Hottest Wine Region In Asia Now
Jeannie Cho Lee offers her thoughts on the changing preferences of Asia.