Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/28/16

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.


Duckhorn Wine Co. sold to private equity firm
It’s been up for grabs for a while.

Scientists identify enzyme that gives aged wine its alluring aroma
I like me some (E)-8-carboxylinalool.

These Are the Must-Have Amenities for Luxe Wine Cellars Right Now
Biometric security, of course.

Need a Break from Rosé? Try Orange Wine
In-Style, no less.

The maturing of Indian wine
Nice profile of Kerry Damskey and Sula Vineyards

Jefford on Monday: Beyond best
Interesting is better than expensive.

Can Scientific Rigor Describe Wine Terroir?
It’s only a matter of time, in my opinion, and I think the commenter has it right. Fungus is the key.

Korea’s budding winemaking scene
Drinking Yeongcheon Style.

How small can a vineyard go?
Ron Smith reports on San Francisco’s Pinot Noir vineyard.

Michigan Native Michael Schmelzer has Shaken Up Chianti Classico
Monty Waldin has the interview.

How Wineries Are Getting Sold And Still Keeping Their Souls
Souls are so easy to crush by new owners.

What Retailers Like in Wine Packaging
Interesting perspectives from retailers

Millennials: Fishing the $1.62 trillion pond
Apparently honesty is good bait.

Speakers say unlocking biochar’s potential will aid agriculture
There are interesting applications for viticulture, especially dry farming.

Hail-hit French winemakers allowed to buy in grapes
Something for a little relief.

Germany’s organic vineyards hit by climate change
What’s German for “inexorable creep” ?

The Legendary Wine Cellar Hidden Beneath Monte Carlo
Super cool story and photos about the Hotel de Paris.

Do California Chardonnays Age Well?
Dorothy Gaiter talks Melville, Stony Hill, and more.

New TV show based on Rudy Kurniawan could be big for Bordeaux and all wine
Blake Gray has ideas.

Rating the future of wine sales in post-scoring world
Whole Foods thinks scores are “almost” unneeded anymore.

What is the Quintessential Summer Red Wine?
Jon Bonné recommends an eclectic bunch.

Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers
Wine Enthusiast does its usual listing.

Angwin winery importing Napa Valley soil for hillside vineyard
Because if you really want a specific terroir…

Are celebrity wine-makers destroying an ancient art?
You mean, their hired consultant winemakers…

A retailer’s legacy: Influencing Robert Parker and legitimizing California wines
The story behind MacArthur Beverages.

Frost and Hail See Austria’s Wine Yields Slashed
France isn’t the only one having a tough vintage.

The 2016 vintage
I love it when the Economist writes about wine.

Here’s What’s Behind the Chinese Wine App That Attracted Haier’s Attention
It’s the Chinese Delectable.

Bad weather takes toll on French wine production
Hail and heat are a bad combination

Wrecking Crew of Wine
A fantastic article by Virginie Boone about some of the most accomplished, least known folks in the CA wine biz.

The Story Behind Crémant d’Alsace
Wine Enthusiast provides a good overview.

The Disastrous $45 Million Fall of a High-End Wine Scammer
Michael Steinberger reappears with a lengthy article covering the Premier Cru scandal.

How the wine label became an art form
A long article in the Post, covering critter labels and more.

New TV drama ‘Connoisseur’ to focus on fake fine wine – report
It was only a matter of time before Rudy inspired a show.

Don’t panic about a Champagne shortage, says union chief
I don’t know about you, but I was seriously worried.

Wine In Kegs: This Time, Are They Here To Stay?
Thomas Pellechia discusses the trend.

You Think You Know Malbec Wine. You Are Wrong.
Elin McCoy reveals some new favorites.

Sta. Rita Hills AVA Expansion Approved
A couple of bigger neighboring vineyards added. Let’s hope this isn’t a trend.