Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/23/16

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.


Crowd-funding wine
Richard Hemming on the latest efforts.

Are Wine Critics, Winemakers and Somms at Increased Risk for Cancer?
Scary question.

Water is for fighting over? – a review of John Fleck’s recent book
Relevant to California wine growing.

‘Jack Ma effect’ goes on as latest Bordeaux château sells to Chinese investor
Wow. How many is enough?

Finally: a Conference on Tribidrag, the Original Zinfandel
Now that sounds like fun.

Wine Writers in Glass Houses
Ilona Thompson clearly has met some of the least fun wine writers out there.

Rookie Mistakes
Matt Kramer on the three easy mistakes.

Scientists sequence genome of #1 red wine grape
Cabernet Sauvignon comes out the other end of the centrifuge.

Wine Blogging 101: What college students asked me about wine and blogging
Professor Blake Gray holds court.

On wine: Riesling a racy, floral white worthy of respect
Gerald Boyd on Riesling

The Vineyard on the Israeli-Palestinian Border
The grapes don’t care.

The One Thing That Will Scientifically Make Your Wine Taste Better
Yes, it’s cheese.

Quality over Quantity in Burgundy
Adam Lechmere reports on a “classic, not great, but very good” vintage, whatever that means.

Pacific Northwest Harvest the New Normal
Earliest ever, says almost everyone.

Soave’s White Wizard
Robert Camuto visits Pieropan

Organic Boost for Champagne
Producers like Louis Rogederer are leading the way.

Jefford on Monday: The ultimate terroir wine
Oh yes… Alsace’s Rangen de Thann.

Louis Latour Makes Waves in Beaujolais
Pinot Noir in Beaujolais? Sacre bleu!

Some wine writers benefit from aging, too
Dave McIntyre talks with Hugh Johnson.

A wine that helped create Napa Valley: the legacy of Heitz Cellars
Tim Carl recounts the history.

The Innate, Ageless Appeal of Good Bordeaux
Eric Asimov makes an eloquent appeal for the classic.

World Wine Output Near 20-Year Low as Rain, Frost Hit Vineyards
But no one should be panicking unless they buy bulk wine.

A Fine Whine
Fancy a wine rave?

Soave, anyone? New life for a wine people used to hate
Good Soave is excellent stuff. Just gotta sort through the crap. 

Do you really need a $300 corkscrew?
The answer is definitely no.

Is it Easier to Become a Lawyer than a Master of Wine?
The word “torment” is used at least once in this article.

Wine Institute: 2016 California Wine Harvest Report
The official report.

Pakistan court revokes licenses of all wine shops in Karachi

‘The one bottle that changes everything’
Video with Christies wine expert Noah May

Australia’s Most Famous Winery Releases a $185,000 Bottle
Six liter crystal decanter included.

Wine Notes: How Music Inspired a Napa Creation (With a Cameo by Robin Williams)
Grape Collective talks with Fritz Hatton.

Napa Valley growers cite looming labor shortage and other vineyard challenges
After grapes, workers “the most valuable resource.”

New Rules For Fumigant In California
Limits are good.

Harvest in Sta Rita Hills and Eola Amity Hills
Elaine Brown works a harvest (twice) and proves it with pictures.