Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/2/16

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.


Jefford On Monday: Not tannin, but texture
Andrew Jefford on whole cluster fermentation

Bring on the Natural Wines
New York Times Magazine on Natural Wines

The Italian Winemakers Targeting Teens and Muslims
With zero-alcohol wine.

5 Wineries Putting Kosovo on the Map
And why not?

A wine tour of Canada’s beautiful Okanagan Valley
Fiona Beckett takes the tour.

How to get on this MW’s wine list
Sandy Block of Legal Sea Food explains his process.

The Lone Winery Of California’s Elite Laguna Beach
Seaside terroir? It works for the tourists.

The Greatest Wines of the Past 25 Years?
Wine Searcher continues with their data mining.

Kawaii Cute; the problem with natural wine today
The chief advocate puts her finger on a problem.

Beaujolais, One of the Wonders of the Wine World
Dorothy Gaiter extols the virtues of the 2015 vintage in particular

Rudy Show – Rejected Concepts
I’d watch all these!

A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate
My buddy David White gets some serious coverage for his new book!

California Riesling’s popularity, and quality, return
Esther joins the good fight.

The 6 Most Extravagant Bottles of Wine Every True Connoisseur Should Own
…But almost certainly can’t find.

The Challenges And Triumphs Of Expanding A Family-Owned Winery
Brian Freedman on tribulations of Taylor Family vineyards

Wine for the Ages, Without Artifice
Eric Asimov remembers Stanko Radikon, one of the world’s best.

Wine Lovers Behaving Badly: More Tales of Obnoxious Oenophiles
Surely there are obnoxious drinkers of all kinds?

Anson: Will France pinch UK trade with new wine law?
Jane Anson says you can now buy French wine and keep it in France.

Mary Weber Novak, owner of Napa’s Spottswoode winery, dies at 84
Esther Mobley remembers the proprietress of Spottswoode.

Grape Thieves Add to Burgundy’s Woes
We hope there’s a special place in hell for grape and wine thieves.

Winery mergers and acquisitions expected to continue on California’s North Coast
Lots of buying and selling going on these days.

Napa Valley Mourns The Passing Of Two Titans Of American Wine
Brian Freedman remembers Margrit and Mary.

Calaveras: The New Pulse of California Wine Country
Tom Mullen on an up-and-coming bit of California

Mauzac: Obscure French grape has notable role in wine history
Beeps Crosariol on a secret Champagne grape

All the Work That Goes Into One Bottle of Wine
The Atlantic interviews distributor Erin Dix

A master sommelier reveals 4 trends changing the wine industry
There might be canned wine in your future…

The future of Colorado wine looks to be in Bordeaux varieties
Mike Dunne talks about the Colorado Wine competition we both judged at this Summer.

The Most Expensive Wines in Argentina
Don Kavanaugh on the priciest Malbecs.

Why wine is integral to Persian culture
Excellent article on the history of wine in Iran.

ESSENCE Network: How This Wine Connoisseur Turned Tragedy Into Triumph With Her Business
Great business name: Love Cork Screw.

A New Era for White Wine
Jon Bonné on letting your wine breathe, as you make it.

Making wine with biodynamically farmed grapes — and marijuana
Patrick Comiskey talks weed wine.

Meet the Hottest New Names in Napa Wine
Elin McCoy sniffs out the latest finds.