Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/8/17

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.


Rosemary Cakebread’s California Cabernet Combines Finesse, Power All With a Mona Lisa Smile
Dorothy Gaiter profiles Rosemary Cakebread

Starbucks Admits Its Beer-and-Wine Idea Was a Disaster
They gave it the ol’ college try.

Your Next Great Wine-Country Escape: Salta, Argentina
Been on my bucket list for a while

Man Convicted Of Brewing Crowberry Wine
Who knew home winemaking was illegal in Iceland?!?

South Africa fire damages 300 year old Vergelegen wine estate
Serious bummer

Jefford on Monday: The multinational naturalistas
Nice profile of the guys behind Paris’ Les Caves de Pyrene

Opinion: Your food and wine costs are going to rise when Donald Trump takes office
Yep. What they said.

How to Drink with Billionaires
A profile of Mark Oldman

Robinson Gives Wine Treasury to UC Davis
Letters, notes, and more to be donated.

Wine Stories: Mexico’s Wine Renaissance
More press for the Valle de Guadalupe

Screaming Eagle Owner Buys Majority Stake in Burgundy’s Bonneau du Martray
Adding to his collection.

Burgundy stirred, not shaken by sale to US billionaire
Reactions from Burgundy….

Napa Valley Vintner Debbie Lewis Dies at 72
An obituary from the Wine Spectator

Anson: Why a decline in soil health should worry all wine lovers
Jane talks with the Bourguignons.

How to Start a Winery
Rhys Pender chronicles his efforts in Vancouver.

Former Vineyard Wonderboy Busted Over Bank Heist
Strange, strange story.

Emirates Has Invested $500 Million to Build a ‘Fort Knox’ of Wine
If only any of us could afford to fly Emirates…

The Wine Stories That Will Shape 2017
Jon Bonné prognosticates.

Why It’s a Good Time to Restock Your Wine Cellar
Only if you’re paying in dollars.

Time to leave the biodynamic calendar behind? Wine tastes the same on fruit and root days
One small debunking for science.

Republique’s new wine director is now one of the most influential Latina sommeliers in the country
You go Maria Garcia!

Flute glasses are pretty, but they’re ruining your Champagne
Give up the flute.

Windswept Petaluma Gap’s growers reach for wine imprimatur
Esther Mobley gets windblown.

Vine Enthusiasts Preserve Historic Vineyards
A society to protect the old soldiers.

25 Ways to Leave Your Wine Love
Matt Kramer offers a shopping list of sorts.

As 2017 Begins, Brexit’s Impact on Wine Remains Cloudy
Emma Balter on what we’re learning about wine in a Brexit world.

Italian Inmates Sip, Smell and Taste Their Way to Rehabilitation
Nothing says a new year like a prison wine story.