Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/26/17

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.


Southern Star Rising
Robert Camuto chronicles the birth of a new appellation.

Trends in Burgundian Wine: Going Back to the Future
Liz Thatch and others on the trends they see in Burgundy.

Cellar adventures: California chardonnay from the mid-1990s
Laurie Daniel opens some old bottles from the cellar.

The Queen of Burgundy
Jeanne Cho Lee publishes some Q&A with Lalou Bize-Leroy.

So you don’t like natural wine? I sense your pain, and I am here for you
Jamie Goode puts tongue firmly in cheek.

Napa Vineyard Sale’s Knock-on Price Effect
Gallo buys Stagecoach, so where do all the wines grow there now get fruit?

Jefford on Monday: Of schist and schists
Andrew is skeptical of a schist taste.

‘Indian wine industry has a bright future’
Excited after a recent visit from Jancis Robinson

When Second Best is Good Enough
Rebecca Gibb goes through the second wines of Bordeaux.

12 Wine Grapes Worth Discovering
Eric Asimov on the obscure gems.

How Technology Is Minimizing The Differences Between Good And Bad Wine Vintages
Except when the weather ruins one.

Inside the ‘Louvre of Wine’ — a subterranean cave in France housing 40,000 bottles
Uh, wow. Check out these photos.

Twist in the Tale for Game of Thrones Wines
Blake Gray tastes the GOT wines.

The dry white that divides the wine world
Some people really do hate Sauvignon Blanc.

Margaret River wine growers worried their grapes will be tainted by prescribed burning
Balancing the danger of bush fires with the needs of winegrowers.

When Lava and Wine Mix
Volcanic wines. Mmmmmm.

Breaking Down Borders in Pacific Northwest Wine
An interesting story about crossing borders to get grapes.

The Impact of Fires in Chile’s Southern Wine Regions
Tough times in Chile.

The Judgment Of Hong Kong: A Showdown Between Bordeaux & Napa Valley Wines Part I
Jeannie Cho Lee sets up an expensive tasting.

The Judgment Of Hong Kong: The Verdict On The Best Bordeaux Vs Best Napa Wines Part II
Jeannie Cho Lee sets up an expensive tasting.

Italy nabs criminal gang responsible for cheese and wine heists
Nice job, detectives!

Romania Adds to UK Wine Woes
Brexit is brutal.

The Evolution of American Oak
A fascinating, must-read in-depth article by Kelli White.

Mission revival: State’s first wine grape, circa 1760, rides again
Esther Mobley gets old school.

Singer Pink reveals California winery and early love for Ch̢teauneuf-du-Pape РInterview
She’s quite serious about wine.

Anson: The last little guys of Pauillac
Jane Anson investigates the small producers tucked in amongst the giants.

The white wine trap
The wine critics are not color blind

Ageing wine: Double magnum versus bottle
John Stimfig has a nice lunch in the name of science.

Here’s Why Your Wine Bottle Always Drips (and Why This One Doesn’t)
Changing the wine world through physics.

Smith-Madrone: A Napa Cabernet That’s Classy and Ageable, in English or Latin
Dorothy Gaiter profiles the Smith brothers.

Who are the Future “Thought Leaders” for Italian Wine?
Alfonso asks good questions

Master sommeliers join 7-Eleven to bring wine to a wider audience
Everyone’s got one these days.

Eben Sadie Wines Winemakers’ Winemaker Award 2017
So deserving.

Concern Grows in Wine Country as Immigration Clampdown Looms
You don’t say?

What You Bring to It
Matt Kramer suggests wine is something of a mirror.

From the Judgment of Geyserville, surprising grenaches
Mike Dunne does taste testing.

A Mexican wave of wine
Jancis goes south of the border.