Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/11/16

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.


Cool Hokkaido becomes major wine-producing region in Japan
Can’t wait to try it.

A wine philosopher on why “not every wine is worth our attention”
Everything is not subjective.

Wine Magnate Accused of Conning NBA Star
Shocking news.

Jefford on Monday: ‘Work together or die’
Something interesting going on in Gascony

Japanese wine is no longer a novelty
Melinda Joe goes visiting.

The World’s First Winery
I love me some Areni Noir

The Rise of Pinot Bianco in Northern Italy
Great article by Kerin Okeefe.

The World’s Most Beautiful Wine Region: Switzerland’s Lavaux
So says Katie Kelly Bell.

Owning a Vineyard: The Days of Wine Are Not All Rosy
You know the adage. Bring your large fortune.

‘Hitler Wine’ Has Landed a German Bar Owner in Serious Trouble
Can’t do that in Germany.

Wine is Good for Your Brain, According to Science
Thank goodness.

Mumbai woman Sonal Holland becomes world’s first Indian Master of Wine
And a hearty congratulations to her!

Despite An Alcohol Monopoly, Stockholm’s Wine Scene Is Better Than Ever
With an emphasis on the classics, apparently.

The High-Pressure Life Of A Famous Winemaker And His Wine: Peter Gago And Penfolds Grange
Katie Kelly Bell profiles Gago in Forbes.

Beer yeast is tame. Wine yeast is wild. Draw your own conclusions.
Microbial archeology. Awesome.

Sheriff: Winery worker, Napa resident killed on the job
A tragedy for sure. Amazing this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often.

Fire in Languedoc: Flames scorch Corbières vines

The Romanticism of Old Wine
David White on older-but-not-better

Master Sommelier Christopher Bates on the Evolution of the Finger Lakes and the FLX Winery
Finger Lakes rock.

It’s all about Napa when it comes to California’s most expensive wines, but not exclusively about Cabernet.
Who knew the most expensive wine in CA was a Sauv Blanc?

Paul Mabray: consumer insights and data are key to wine’s future
This guy knows of what he speaks.

Trying to get to the essence of wine with a final, goodbye column
Joel Appel stops his wine column. A shame.

The Soul of Chianti: Elisabetta Fagiuoli of Montenidoli
One of my favorite winemakers interviewed by Monty Waldin

Ron Washam’s satyr: sexuality, satire, and self-projection in 21st-century wine blogging
Thumbs like Donald Trump. (WARNING – Phallic Imagery)

200% whole cluster and other modern trends
Alex Hunt on the changing nature of wine culture

Rudy Kurniawan: last man standing?
Henry Jeffreys on the Sour Grapes documentary.

Wine intersects with war at this iconic Lebanese winery
Nice mainstream article about Chateau Musar.

A wine-soaked romp through western Sicily is pure paradise
Sigh. Can’t wait to go back.

Making Wines in the Mountains Near Madrid
The Gredos Mountains. Never heard of them.

Differences of Magnitude
Matt Kramer on the “quarter inch” that makes all the difference.