Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/24/16

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.


New Jersey Shores Up Its Rising Wine Status
Lettie Teague goes on a road trip.

Bodegas Torres reintroduces ancestral red grape uncovered 20 years ago
Show me the Moneu.

Wine without waste: De Bortoli aims to be Australia’s first zero-waste winery
A worthy aim.

Assert Your 21st Amendment Freedom by Transcribing Wine Label History
Cool project. Care to help?

Jefford on Monday: Facing North
Alsace’s Niedermorschwihr. Hard to pronounce, easy to drink.

The Wine Industry May Not Be at the Conventions, but It’s Watching
The Wine Spectator runs down who’s at the convention and who’s staying home.

Saving Sylvaner
W. Blake Gray makes an impassioned plea. Sign me up. 

As social media tool’s parent plans to exit wine, Napa Valley tech players plan comeback
Will there be a reincarnation of VinTank?

Couples That Drink Together Stay Together
Open those bottles together!

Tiny Barossa restaurant, FermentAsian, beats all comers for Australia’s Best Wine List
It’s an excellent list with a funny disclaimer.

Organic Wines Keep it on the Lowdown
W. Blake Gray covers “giving up the Roundup.”

Wine wars: Fury and arson in the vineyards of southern France
Winemakers acting like spoiled children again.

Fifty years ago, Robert Mondavi transformed Napa Valley — and American wine
Dave McIntyre recounts the history.

Sunset magazine names Paso Robles best wine country town in the West
They use the word “bucolic”

Sulphur in wine: friend or foe?
Jancis talks about sulfites, as we spell them on this side of the pond.

Hungary’s Tokaj wine region revives Jewish heritage
A dark past, that shouldn’t be forgotten.

A rosé wine primer for beginners, experts and weirdos
Patrick Comiskey lays it down.

France Wine Output Drops as Hail, Frost Hit Champagne, Burgundy
It’s been a tough Spring and Summer for northern regions of France 

A Fresh Wave of Startups Is Driving Wine Buying Into the 21st Century
Apps, clubs and more.

Update: Chinese officials seize Lulu Island Winery shipments, investigate Canadian operator
A Canadian winery in trouble with Chinese customs.

Veuve Goes Back to the Wood
New chef de cave brings back the barrels.

Champagne Boosts Yield Amid Weather Woes
Yes, but can anyone achieve them?

Bordeaux 2008 – Keeping Lafite on the Ground
A dose of reality for the fantasy land of Bordeaux

French wine militants set fire to winery offices
No news story involving French wine militants is a happy one

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger – The Next French President?
Maybe he’d do something about the horrible anti-alcohol lobby

Taittinger drops bid to be French president – report
Damn. That didn’t last long.

“We made this monster”: reflections and notes on the Vietti sale
Great article by Jeremy Parzen on the sale.

The day Banfi came calling and changed the course of Brunello history
Another article that has interesting parallels to Vietti.

White Zin, You’re Dead to Me!
Bring on the blush.

Do Austria’s Wine Label Changes Go Far Enough?
Good article by Anne Krebiehl.

Barolo Burglars Steal Thousands of Bottles of Wines
Brazen, horrible crime.

Italy’s white wines offer more flavors than you think
A thousand flavors, in fact

The Wine Innovators Storming Unknown Bordeaux
Places in Bordeaux you’ve never heard of.

John Saker: Smaller wine producers drive authenticity
Small is beautiful.

A California Vintner Fights to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease
A noble battle.

A Battle Over Vines and Trees in Napa Valley?
Justin Winery’s plight is driving other legislation

Napa Should Embrace its Heritage Grapes
When will we get our first 100pt Charbono?

Winery re-united with rare bottle after Decanter article
A successful bid for history.

Wine ‘war’ in Sancerre as vines vandalised
There’s a special place in hell…

Riesling Rendezvous: why analytical data don’t tell us much about the taste of Riesling
Jamie Goode on the difficulty of aligning numbers to flavors

Thieves take $55,000 in wine from Caifornia store
Just days before it was due to close forever.

Who uses label-scanning apps most?
Interesting data

An Open Letter to Normal Wine Lovers
Matt Kramer allows that we’re all nutters