Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/26/16

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.


California winemakers press for stricter label rules
The government is considering new rules for how accurate labels need to be.

Baja Wine Region Takes Off
Wines & Vines offers an overview.

Jefford on Monday: Why I’m not a wine-grower
Andrew Jefford talks with winegrowers about what sucks.

Sicilian target practice without a license (or a seatbelt)
Alfonso Cevola yells at an island.

Aglianico: Italy’s Undiscovered Wine Treasure
Joseph Micallef calls it a hidden gem.

The Rise of the Hipster Sommelier Part I
Stuart Pigott takes aim at a certain type of sommelier.

The Rise of the Hipster Sommelier Part II: The Bubble People of NYWC and Their Fancy Wines
Stuart Pigott takes aim again.

In Contra Costa County, a vineyard that defies all odds
Esther Mobley visits the Evangelho.

Debunking the Wine Score Inflation Myth
Claire Adamson looks at Wine-Searcher data.

This Is Where the World’s Best Rosés Are Hiding
Germany and Austria, says Jon Bonné

Wine and Booze Experts Weigh the Repercussions of Brexit
Ray Isle talks to the biz about what it means.

Justin Vineyards owners to donate 380-acre site where oaks were cut down
A full Mea Culpa. Sadly too late for the oaks, but better late than never.

How Much is Too Much for a Glass of Wine?
Ray Isle contemplates wines at $190 per glass.

Is there a future for wine made in Detroit?
I don’t know. But it’s a great headline.

Anson: Sugar wars in Alsace
It’s all but religion.

Ask a Somm: What Are Oxidative Wines?
I’ll tell you what they are. Yummy.

Wine world
Clickbait infographics.

Conman gave investors cheap gems for fine wine
When are you people going to learn…?

Female Migrant Farmworkers Push Back Against Machismo and Abuse in California’s Wine Country
Great article about an aspect of the wine business most people ignore.

Recapturing the greatness of Martin Ray Winery
Gil Kulers on the next era for an iconic property.

2 detained over cocaine-infused wine
And you thought Marijuana wine was hip?

The Weird World Of Expensive Wine
Five Thirty Eight digs into auction data.

Trial plantation to slash cork growing times
Interesting experiment in progress.

Elvio Cogno, One of Barolo’s Greats, Dies at 79
Another one down.

Breaking down the Masters of Wine Stage 1 tasting exam
Decanter dishes on this year’s test.

The Hottest Things about Being Cool: Highlights from the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium
Remy Charest offers a summary of the event.

How Vivino Plans To Become The Amazon Of Wine
The app goes offline.

California’s Affordable Cult Wines
Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.

In Search of the True Vinho Verde
Zachary Sussman looks under rocks.

Has Pinot Noir Peaked?
You heard it here first. Matt Kramer calls Gamay the next big thing.