Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/4/16

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.


Wine Retailing Is Being Disrupted, And That’s OK
New ideas always welcome.

Immortal beloved: madeira wine is a taste of history
Mmmmmm. Madeira.

Drinking Champagne Every Day Could Help Prevent Dementia And Alzheimer’s
Sign me up!

Margrit Biever Mondavi, a Pioneering Ambassador for Napa Valley, Dies at 91
And a wonderful human being she was.

Germany’s Oktoberfest of grapes: The world’s biggest wine festival
Sounds like a good time!

Gewürztraminer: A Rare, Rewarding Wine (Even If You Can’t Pronounce It)
Lettie Teague calls Gewurtz the “patchouli” of the wine world.

How to Buy Wine at Auction–and Why You Should
Elin McCoy offers advice.

Veteran Wine Journalist Greg Walter Dies at 58
Far too soon to have lost him.

Anson: A wine treasure trove to visit in Piedmont
Jane Anson heads east.

How Wine In A Can Somehow Became The Drink Of Summer ’16
No kidding?

Wild-yeast fermenting: risky, radical, but the route to better wine?
Only radical to those who aren’t used to it.

Skin contact – in wine-making – turns an ordinary white into a tantalizing orange
Orange is the new pink.

Wineries pour into Pennsylvania for direct wine licenses
Of course they are! Selling wine to people is no longer a crime.

Victory! Churchill’s imperial pint of champagne on way back with Brexit
I’m in favor!

How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed
Great, in-depth article.

Courtwatch: Is “The Stag” Devaluing the Prestige of the Stags Leap District?
Ooh, I do believe Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has a point here.

Feds Spend $911,056 Studying the Drinking Habits of Lesbian Couples
I’d hang out in my local bar for half that much!

(Republic of) Georgia on my mind: Wine tourism’s future in the “Cradle of Wine”
Mike Veseth goes to Georgia.

The Art of Comparison
Nice article about the validity of benchmarks.

UC Davis Professor of Enology, Emeritus Vernon Singleton Dies
One of the original dudes of California wine.

Italian Expert Recommends Grape Varieties for California
Yeah. Gimme some Nero di Troia!

Harvest 2016: After last year’s tough vintage, Northern California winemakers cautiously optimistic
Looking good so far!

An Urban Wine Crawl Through Portland
Vogue on the prowl for good juice.

The Most Expensive Wines in Spain
Pingus is on top, but it’s a game of king of the hill.