Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/2/17

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.


Fine Wines Bloom Amidst Big City Grit in San Francisco
It really is the city of wine now.

The Taste Of Wine Isn’t All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps
Your brain does it all.

Europe’s Wine Consumption Falls While Asia’s Surges
The drinking map continues to evolve.

Jefford on Monday: Valpolicella Revealed
Andrew Jefford strays into Italy.

Château Haut-Batailley Switches Families
At least it’s not some plutocrat.

A vineyard’s winged protectors
H is for Hawk.

How To Take Advantage Of The Expanding World Of Wine
Here’s a hint: drink more of it!

Angry French winemakers destroy Spanish wine in south
Another French winemaker tantrum…

The Rapid Rise of Spanish Superplonk
Superplonk. Sounds tasty.

Seeking Great, Affordable Barolo
Good stuff under $40

The Guide to Fashion and Wine
Wine Enthusiast continues to up its game with a wine and fashion issue.

Can You Judge a Wine By the Size of the Winery?
Of course you can’t. Just ask Dom Perignon.

Anson: Bordeaux wine consultants and their own châteaux
Jane Anson on these lesser known wine labels.

Article 50: Wine leaders lobby for interim deal after Brexit
People are scared.

The wine detective battling counterfeiters
A profile of Philip Moulin

How Trump Administration’s Proposed USDA Cuts Could Harm America’s Multibillion-Dollar Wine Industry
Analysis of USDA budget cuts.

Our Pinot is pushing the boundaries
New Zealand Winegrowers interview Allen Meadows.

Courtwatch: Charles Banks Sued His Mayacamas Vineyards Partners After He Was Indicted in Texas
Foreshadowing potentially troubled times for Mayacamas.

Winery investor Charles Banks pleads guilty to fraud charges
Especially now that he’s guilty of fraud and probably going to jail.

Perusing old wine bottle labels offers tasty glimpse into evolution of California winemaking
Mike Dunne on the Label This project at UC Davis.

Champagne’s Next Revolution Is Now
Jon Bonné on what he says is a sea change.

Man sentenced to 15 months in prison for $500,000 wine theft from French Laundry restaurant
That seems like a light sentence.

The Hot New Wine Regions in Your Favorite Countries
Alternatives to the tried and true.

Flavored wine should be stopped dead before it trends
Amen, brutha.

Should wine be natural or democratic? An Internet wine controversy
Esther Mobley wades into the cheap and cheerful debate.