Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/23/16

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.


A Journey Through Baja California’s Wine Country
The secret is officially out.

Millennials Answer the Call of Mexican Wine Country
And a second story about the same place in the same publication on the same day!

In Slender Cans and 40 Ounces, Fine Wine Gets Ready to Party
Why not?

At Sonoma County Barrel auction, pinot noir remains king
A report from the fledgling auction event.

Argentina on a Fine Wine Mission to Rival Burgundy
Progress, progress.

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige
A profile of Ken Forrester

Why Is French Wine so Inexplicably Great?
Wine writer Marissa Ross makes it to France.

Liquid Diet: Sommelier Shelley Lindgren Champions Italian Wines and the Families Who Make Them
Food & Wine hitches a ride with a hometown hero.

Steady as She Goes for Vega Sicilia
James Lawrence interviews the owner of Vega Sicilia but doesn’t tell you his name… (Pablo Alvarez)

Jura Champion Turns to the Alps
Wink Lorch begins another labor of love.

Wine’s Orient Express
$2 Billion is a lot of wine.

Is Terroir Real?
Bianca Bosker asks and answers.

The Environmental Impact of Growing Native Versus Introduced Grapes
Geeky, but enthralling study.

Breaking news: spring freeze in northern Italy could severely compromise 2017 vintage
Ouch, that’s cold.

‘Fatal’ frost hits Champagne vineyards
Not just Italy.

Frost proves catastrophic for Swiss winegrowers
And colder still. 

Incredible efforts of Spanish fruit pickers as they collect grapes from precarious lake-side terraces at harvest time
Older story. Nice photos. You think you’ve seen steep?

Here’s why Chinese money is pouring into Temecula’s wine region
Fascinating story.

Interview with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard
An in-depth interview with Grahm.

From the Sonoma Coast, Chardonnays of Energy and Memories
Eric Asimov and the tasting panel explore the best of California Chardonnay.

What is Classic German Riesling?
Dry or sweet. That is the question.

Jon Bonné on changes in Burgundy.

How Charles Shaw wine became Two Buck Chuck
Marketplace takes on wine.

The Contrarian Cellar
Matt Kramer advocates for buying off the beaten path.

Why “Oxidized” Is the Wine Word of 2017
Marissa Ross has been converted.

How Bugs and Other Critters are Saving Vineyards
Anne Krebiehl talks bug-on-bug warfare