Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/14/17

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.


Hugel Finally Joins the Grand Cru Class
Even a stone wears down eventually.

A Bill Moving Through Congress Could Lead to Boozier Wine
Maybe. But probably only for huge producers.

Riedel Sues M&S [Marks & Spencer] Over “Sommelier” Glassware
Trademarks are a pain.

Napa vintners begin to take a page from cutting-edge UC Davis winery
As well they should.

Jefford on Monday: Big frost is back – but why?
Andrew Jefford asks the impossible questions.

Young, French and Angry: Winegrowers in Southern France Are Struggling
Infantile is the descriptor.

Salcheto: A Non-Interventionist, Interventionist Expression of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Monty Waldin talks with Michele Manelli.

A sparkler from New Jersey steals the show at East Coast winemakers’ event
Dave McIntyre on what he calls a Wine Wonkfest.

Domaine Carneros and the Best Bubbly Winemaker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Dorothy Gaiter talks with Eileen Crane.

Cyprus’s vineyard treasure trove
The great grape decoder heads to Cyprus.

Shortening the distribution chain
Jancis on the direction most of the world’s best producers are headed.

Drinking Niepoort
Elaine gets some old bottles opened for her.

Growers, farmworkers say immigration raids scaring away labor
Yep. Pretty much.

Swiss consumers are drinking less wine
Maybe now we’ll get the good Petite Arvigne.

Subtle is Better, but Oak Remains Indispensable for Wine
If only everyone’s definition of subtle was the same as mine.

Once tainted, Portugal’s cork industry fights back
Nice piece covering the rise and fall and rise of cork.

Napa’s Worker Squeeze Tightens
Blake Gray on the increasingly tough wine labor market.

Cru Beaujolais Has Its Day to Shine
Liza Zimmerman talks Gamay.

Hardy Wallace Gets Dirty and Rowdy
A nice profile by Christopher Barnes.

Let’s Be Clear: Bad Wines Are Bad Wines, Period
Eric Asimov puts a stake in the ground. And I agree with him almost entirely.

The Three Essential Words for Greatness
Persistence, Transformation and Layered, Kramer suggests are the important ones.

World’s Best Wine Lists Judge Alder Yarrow “Balance is Ultimately the Sign of Careful Curation”
Well, here’s what I think about wine lists.

A top sommelier on how he got to be a wine expert
Nice profile of Arthur Hon

Will Texas Wine Ever Be Able to Make a Name For Itself?
Yes, and new laws would help.

Wine country looking more like cannabis country in California
When you get more than 3x per acre…?

Meet the Who’s Who of Wine Cool
Wanna be hip? Know these names.

China Is Building a Disney World for Wine
But will anyone go?