Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/31/16

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.


Huge Fire Threatens Monterey Vineyards
38,000 acres and growing

Kurdistan’s Forbidden Fruit: Homemade Wine
Made by Muslims.

Dreaming Big: From Wine Journalist to Wine Producer
Elisabetta Tosi profiles Fabio Bottonelli

Swiss bank on vineyards of Lavaux to make fine wine
“The monks stopped gravity.”

See the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2016 shortlist
Thrilled to be on it.

Napa Kicks Off Another Groundhog Vintage
Only six days later than the earliest harvest on record.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Wine
Prep for your trivia night.

How did Berkeley wine store accrue $70M in debt?
Francis Dinkelspiel goes in-depth on Premier Cru.

From Service to Soil: Sommeliers Join the Winemaking Game
Nice piece by Susan H. Gordon.

How Hard is it to Make a Million Bottles of Wine?
Let’s just say it ain’t easy. Nice piece by Matt Kettman

Please try more sweet wines
Jancis entreats you.

Winemakers May be Able to Select Cork According to its Phenolic Content
Dialing it in.

Meet the Sommelier Bro Who Is Trolling the Wine Industry
Like most trolls, it’s just about attention

The New Rules of Pairing Wine with Sushi
Yes and…. Sake, please.

Something to Wine About: The mystique of Bordeaux
How many people think about Bordeaux

On Wine and Europe
A personal reflection, post Brexit vote

China’s Millennials Up Their Wine Consumption as They Buy More Online
49 percent purchase online? Wow.

Should a Wine List Change Daily?
Nice piece by Megan Krigbaum about innovations in wine lists.

Resurrecting the Original Sparkling Wine
Caroline Henry on méthode ancestrale

Still no wimpy wines for Sonoma winemaker Joel Peterson’s new Once & Future label
Peg Melnick profiles the master of Zin.

The (Not So New) Wines of Greece
John Szabo returns to Greece

Wine professor Denis Dubourdieu dies
A man who influenced many a winemaker.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! ~ The Ascent of the Female Sommelier
Hot pants, bow tie, and tastevin are a mind-bending combination.