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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/25

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.


Late Sunshine Rescues Champagne Harvest
Yay! More Champagne, please.

California Goes Gaga for Grower Champagne
More and more CA wineries importing their own.

Wines To Watch From Spain: Vino de Pago
Katie Kelly Bell on new discoveries in Iberia.

Coming soon: ‘Chateau Permafrost’, wine from Siberia
And people say there’s no global warming…

Why UK’s Naked Wines’ US marketing push flopped
Direct mail? Seriously?

Jefford on Monday: England’s Marlborough moment
Andrew Jefford tastes a few bottles of English fizz.

Rioja Resists Single-Vineyard Push
Tradition is against the single vineyard.

Cinsault Tipped as “South Africa’s Malbec”
Now there’s an interesting idea…

Daniel Brunier on the State of Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Christopher Barnes talks to the pater familias

How the Wente Chardonnay Clone Became America’s Choice
An discussion with Karl Wente

Bordeaux 2016 – refreshment at last
Gavin Quinney on this year’s vintage

Fancy yourself as a wine writer?
Jancis is giving away a big book, free site membership, and maybe a job.

Grapes (Picked), Workers (Poached), And Other Harvest Updates From Sonoma
It’s come to this, people trying to poach workers, mid-harvest.

Which Wine Apps Actually Help You Choose and Buy the Best Wine?
Elin McCoy spends her time testing wine apps so you don’t have to.

Temecula winemakers are sick of the haters. They want to change your mind about SoCal wine
There is good wine in Temecula.

The 300-year-old story of what makes Chianti wine so special
Enough to “give up the underwear business” for it.

As wine sales hit record highs, Virginia wineries are in a race for grapes
58% growth in plantings from last year? That’s a boom if I’ve ever heard of one.

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living
This winery continues to do great work.

How California built its industry: ‘We sold all the wine ourselves’
Dave McIntyre profiles Joel Peterson.

North Coast wine growers facing new vineyard wrinkle: SAD
NOT, Seasonal Affective Disorder, just in case you were wondering.

How does a wine’s color affect what we think of its flavor?
Science Friday does wine psychology.

Every Trick Your Waiter Uses to Rip You Off on Wine
Except this person thinks the storage system has to do with whether wine is corked. Bozo.

In California, Grenache Packs More Than Power
Asimov reviews a few interesting ones.

The Specter of Smoke Tainted Wine
Matt Kettman writes a very nice piece about smoke taint.

Australian Wine Shows off its Wild Side
Adam Lechmere reports on the Artisans of Australian wine tasting.

Bill Zacharkiw: Discover the white wines of Sicily
Discover them, then drink them.

Sip Thai wine in hills of Hua Hin
Sign me up.

Your Guide to Aged Wines
Snooth asks wine writers to talk about older wines.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley: Wine Country Travel Without the Headaches
Lettie Teague wanders around the Willamette

With Albariño, or Any Wine, Don’t Forget the Context
Eric Asimov says your Albariño will taste better with shrimp.

French microalgae may be the answer to key vine diseases
Geeky, but I am SUPER excited about this. 

Harvesting Grapes in France, With Champagne as Reward
Fancy a working vacation?

Why Portland’s Best Natural Urban Winery Is Breaking Every Rule in the Book
And, folks, this is really killer juice.

China grows wine in space to beat harsh climate

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Split: Who Gets the Winery?
My bet? The Perrin Family will buy it.

South African Wine Flies High at Nederburg Auction
Record sales at the annual auction. 

Out and About in Budapest, Hungary
Yes! Budapest NOW!

Harvest Report: Here comes the cab
A report from each of the appellations.

Burgundy Braces Itself for a Smaller Harvest
Hail and frost reducing yields by 27% or so.

The World’s Most Expensive Fortified Wines
Wine Searcher lists the pricey little bottles.

What Shouldn’t Be Missed
Matt Kramer on what he things everyone should try at least once.

Luxury Wines From California’s Central Coast
Wine Enthusiast tracks down the priciest juice from the middle of the state.

Whatever Happened To Merlot?
Thomas Pellechia follows up on the Sideways effect.

US government makes small, smart move toward accurate alcohol levels on wine labels
Blake Gray on a new TTB rule.

Heritage: boon or burden?
Tim’s speech for the Nederberg wine auction in South Africa.

Wine Retailers Throw Down Gauntlet Against Direct-Shipping Restrictions
Let’s take this one all the way, baby.

East Bay Gets a New Wine Appellation
A small band of vintners is braving the crazy diurnal shifts of the Orinda hills.

The Night the World’s Top Tea and Wine Geeks Got Crazy
Truth in the glass, it seems.

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