Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/18/16

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.


Barrels Are on a Roll in Champagne
Jiles Haling on La Tonnellerie de Champagne

Premier Crude – Blackmail, Sex and Fraud
Blake Gray digs for the dirt on John Fox

Washington’s wine production has doubled in the past decade and is likely to do so again in the next
They keep planting. 

Two More Fake Alcohol Rings Busted in China
Big business

Britain’s biggest wine company
A profile of Laithwaite’s.

Why amateur wine scores are every bit as good as professionals’
Interesting study. 

Anson: Secrets of Château Lafleur – a Decanter interview
Jane interviews owner Baptiste Guinaudeau

Is No Sulfur Natural?
Simon Woolf examines the trend.

A wine trademark dispute
The story of Champagne Jayne

Winery Owners Fear Fracking Will Poison Tourism
And the EPA just agreed that fracking can contaminate groundwater.

Corkscrewed: Is wine gadgetry a gift?
Esther Mobly plays with the hardware and gets some laughs.

History of Slavery in France’s Wine Capital
History we have learned to forget.

Wine dispensing fridge hailed as ‘genius’
Genius indeed.

WORLD OF WINE: The evolving wine industry in North Dakota
Always good to hear stories from other states of wine.

How the Greek Wine Industry Has Responded to the Greek Economic Crisis
Andrew Chalk talks with Sofia Perpera.

The Man Behind ‘America’s Wine Superstore’
Lettie Teague on David Trone and his empire.

California’s Coast with the Most
Matt Kettman talks diversity

Wine expert Robert Parker leaves a pointed legacy
“Parkerism is not dead yet”

Santa Barbara Bubbling With Sparkling Wines
Matt Kettman on a new wave of producers.

British wine merchants take stock in Hong Kong
Fierce competition.

Will wine recommendation apps spell the end for sommeliers, critics and experts?
Probably not.

I Escaped An Alcohol-Free Iran to Make Wine In Oregon
The Maysara story.

Burgundy boom continues in saleroom
Bordeaux is still on the outs….

Jefford on Monday: Bekaa Beauties
Andrew Jefford on Lebanese winners.

What Is Natural Wine?
A husband and wife sommelier pair tackle the question with expletives.

The Historical Cradles of Wine
Nice article about ancient regions in Wine Enthusiast.

Gulfi: Sicily’s Wine of the People
Marco Salerno sits down with Matteo Catania

Inside the Weird World of Rudy Kurniawan
Adam Lechmere reviews “Sour Grapes.”

Ernst Loosen is Like a German Mick Jagger, and His Wines Age Better
Dorothy Gaiter parties with Dr. Loosen.

Hugh Johnson Accepts Orange Wine Challenge
Old dogs can learn new tricks. Or at least get exposed to them.

Napa’s Most Ageworthy Chardonnay
Blake Gray profiles Stony Hill.

Man who cheated customers out of $45 million with his ‘wine Ponzi scheme’ is sentenced to 6½ years in prison
Good riddance.

Can Wine Save Our Fading Love Affair with France?
Jon Bonné prefers what’s in the glass to what’s on the plate.

Berlin’s Insatiable Thirst For Wine Bars
Let’s go!