Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/25/27

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.


Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging
It’s a serious problem.

A Napa Cabernet Game Changer
Interesting possibilities.

No simple solutions for Sonoma’s glut of downtown wine-tasting rooms
The battles that Napa has been having for years are cropping up in Sonoma

Adult Beverage Retailers Need to Be VERY SCARED of the Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods
Someone rings the alarm bell.

The Magic Behind Napa’s Mountain Grown Wines
A heartfelt (if a little biased) exploration

Why Today’s Greatest Wines… Aren’t necessarily the great wines
Matt Kramer makes the case for unexpected greatness.

FDA Begins Winery Inspections
My guess is that a lot of wineries wouldn’t pass.

Tour the Best of Napa with the World’s Leading Wine Expert
Galloni’s greatest hits for a Napa visit.

Waiter, waiter: please don’t tell me my wine ISN’T corked!
Far too few servers are trained on how to handle this….

The True Story of To-Kalon Vineyard
Matt Stamp digs deep in Oakville and pulls off a definitive history.

Château Montrose Owners Buy Clos Rougeard
Big Cab buys Little Cab?

The Best Wine Vacation You’ll Take All Year is to the Finger Lakes
Old school hospitality with cracking wines.

Old World consistency, New World adventure offer two approaches to wine-making
The world isn’t black and white.

Whatever Happened to California Syrah?
Blake Gray discusses the unwanted grape