Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/21/17

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.


How Yeast Works to Make Your Favorite Wines
Anne Krebiehl offers a primer.

The politics of Zin
Jancis Robinson watches sparks fly.

Napa County wineries face more permit scrutiny
A fine line between red tape and biting the hand that feeds you.

A Solution for Champagne’s Chardonnay Shortage?
Moving farther south will change the character of the wines, however.

A Japanese Wine Community Has Taken Root in the Heart of Burgundy
Jon Bonné studies the diaspora.

The best Chinese red wine gets a new benchmark with Moet’s Ao Yun
Put enough money into a thing…

B.C. winery owners facing life in Chinese prison for alleged smuggling
10 years is a pretty stiff sentence for customs fraud.

California Teroldego Acreage Trending Up
Yes, but have you tasted it? Hard to find.

Six cool things about grapevine bloom
Mary Orlin offers a primer on bloom.

South America’s march on the future
Tim Atkin on the evolution of Chile and Argentina

Tim James: On the Effect of Ever Increasing Wine Prices
We get to taste less great wine.

Marin County winemakers revive dormant tradition
Except she only mentioned 1 decent winemaker in Marin. There are many!

No One Wants Dark Rosé
It’s not that it’s sweet. It’s just (usually) bad.

Exclusive: Jackson Family Buys California Pinot Star Brewer-Clifton
Jackson Family snaps up another one.

Uncovering the Forgotten History of Chinese Laborers in California Wine Country
We must remember our history.

Does It Pay to Hire Consultants? Evidence from the Bordeaux Wine Industry
Harvard Business Review says: maybe.

6 Secrets to Ordering Great Wine
Daniel Johnnes shares his secrets.

Turkey’s struggling wine sector gets Levantine touch
Nice piece about a producer in Turkey

Liquid Diet: Sommelier Dustin Wilson Takes a Deep Dive Into an Epic Parisian Wine List
Oh to be a high flying sommelier…

Wine marketer Mark Pope takes last ‘ride’ at Napa’s Bounty Hunter
A big booster for Napa retires.

Did the English invent bubbly before Dom Perignon?
Dom Perignon was trying to get RID of the bubbles.

DRC Faker Offers to Name Names
Not sure that’s worth $100k, but maybe he can be fooled with counterfeit bills…

The Search for Greatness in Saint-Joseph Syrah
Jon Bonné quests in the hills

The Wilder Side of Rosé: New Types of Pink to Drink This Summer
Elin McCoy on alternative pink.

Floods in northern Chile
Max Morales reports on a lot of water.