Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/18/16

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 trader goes from cellar to prison cell
And good riddance.

U.S. embassy accidentally sends settlement wine as Jewish new year gift
Oops. Check those labels, people.

Natural wine pioneer Stanko Radikon dies
Bummer of a loss. This has been a tough 12 months for winemaking pioneers.

Syrah In Idaho, Chardonnay In Virginia, And The Expanding World Of American Wine
Wine from everywhere!

Warren Winiarski reflects on half a century of making wine in California
Mike Dunne interviews one of California’s legends.

Jefford on Monday: High on the hill
Andrew Jefford hangs with Chris Howell at Cain.

The Science of Urine Taught Me the Art of Making Wine
A bizarre story, but with some nice photos.

Roald Dahl’s Wines of the Unexpected
A Burgundy lover to the end. And beyond.

Victoria Moore: red dawn for Chinese wine
It keeps getting better. 

Coombsville’s Newest Winery: Covert Estate
Coombsville is hot right now.

French Wine Firm Buys Majority Stake in South Africa’s Ken Forrester
The next step of growth for a pioneer?

Women Are Driving The Wine Revolution In India, Says India’s First ‘Master Of Wine’
And now they have a new ambassador.

Argentine Tycoon Buys Napa Valley Winery
My preview of the first wine suggests they’ll be excellent.

Are Wine Ratings Good for Wine Investment?
Wine Ratings MAKE wine investment.

In Russia, Patriotism Now Comes in a Wine Glass
The only good thing to come of conflict in the Crimea?

Move Over, Margaritas: Welcome To Mexico’s Vibrant Wine Valley
Not the next Napa, but something different.

Ellen DeGeneres Took Michelle Obama Shopping for Boxed Wine at CVS
Not a good person to shop with.

Color Of Wine: Why Tint And Light Affect How We Perceive Flavor
Color really does matter.

The 20 Wines You Need to Drink This Fall
Bloomberg asks top somms for their picks.

The rising stature of blended wines
Mike Dunne on the opposite of suprematist in wine.

Despite fraud charges, Charles Banks still in wine business
Good news that the wineries may be insulated from whatever happens in this affair.

In California’s Wine Country, tasting rooms are essential
Esther Mobley on the economics of enotourism

Master Sommeliers have thicker brains – study
Giving a new meaning to “thick”

Nyetimber takes on Krug
The royalty of English Fizz

Wine by numbers: viticulture, part one
Richard Hemming does the numbers.

German whites – anything but Riesling
Gross Gewächs from other grapes.

The Progenitor of Prosecco is Ready for a Comeback
Zach Sussman on funky bubbles.

What Really Goes Into Making That Glass of Merlot
Lettie Teague on the challenges of harvest.

Kevin Zraly Says He Has to ‘Let Go’ of Windows
A wonderfully in-depth portrait of one of America’s top wine educators.

Man drowns while knee-deep in vat of wine
In case you thought all this wine stuff was fun and games, it has tragedy too.

Health Watch: Alcohol, Fertility and Inside Sommeliers’ Brains
Being a sommelier doesn’t just thicken your brain!

Under the Champagne vineyards, ancient shells offer rare look at the past
The cave of shells, indeed.

A Barolo Star Arrives on Etna
Everyone is getting in on the action.