Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/17/16

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.


Jefford on Monday: The Crozes crusader
Jefford seeks out what he calls the world’s best cooperative.

As social media tool’s parent plans to exit wine, Napa Valley tech players plan comeback
Now THAT’s encouraging.

China shines spotlight on Georgian wine
You know China’s hot when Georgia is courting them

The Franciacorta Guy and his Mission to Win in America
Alfonso Cevola takes us behind the scene in bubbly marketing.

Feds Regulating Wine Refrigerators
Now THAT is stupidly punitive.

How Well do You Know Croatian Wine Regions?
Wait, that’s a trick question, right?

From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential
Eric Asimov is giving away ALL the secrets.

Cru Beaujolais Is the Wine World’s Rising Star
Nice article on Beaujolais.

The Most Fascinating Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016
I agree with some of these choices.

200 year old ‘Napoleon wine’ up for auction
Short, and sweet.

Ava promises to clone high-end wines without using any grapes
But they won’t let me taste it, even though I’ve asked.

The Overlooked (and Affordable) Wine Region to Visit Instead of Napa
British Columbia is just a bit farther of a drive from San Francisco…

That Paris judgment 40 years on
Jancis talks about the Judgment of Paris

Qantas Offers Free Wine Tastings on Long-Haul Flights
A nice way to pass the time at 30,000 feet.

Great Cabernet at a Fraction of the Price? Look to Sonoma
Lettie Teague visits Peter Michael Winery

‘It’s been great’: Paul Draper retires at Ridge Vineyards
Nice interview.

50 shades of brown/yellow (Sequitur)
Bert Celce shows what herbicide looks like

Crib Sheet: Your Guide to En Rama Sherry
Jon Bonné goes unfiltered (nearly).

Justin Vineyards’ Clearcutting Not a One-off
W. Blake Gray digs into the Wonderful past.

Owner Speaks Out on Controversial Barolo Sale
Tom Hyland talks with the owner about the shocking sale of Vietti.

Champagne Reasserts Itself
Panos Kakaviatos talks Champagne

California Dreamy as French Vineyards Fight Frost
W. Blake Gray discusses the upcoming vintage

Family Fortunes
Nice piece on Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Champagne: why size matters
Big bottles, little bubbles.

Whispering Angel rosé gummy bears sold out in two hours
Because, you know, gummy bears.

Jefford on Monday: Just get on with it
Business hates uncertainty

How new UK prime minister Theresa May might treat wine
Decanter does the analysis

It’s All About Chilled Red Wine This Summer
Chill it, baby.

How Jay McInerney Combined His Love of Writing and Wine
Jay tells his own story.

Gaja goes back to Barbaresco with single vineyard wines
Returning to purity.

California wine industry asks feds to tighten labeling standards
A good idea.

Exclusive: Barolo’s Vietti Winery Sold to American Businessman
Wow. That’s big news.