Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/4/17

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.


Jefford on Monday: Burgundy’s other self
Andrew Jefford explores the bubbly side of Burgundy.

The High Vineyards of Colorado
Colorado does make good wine.

Why your favourite wine may not taste the same in flight, says local award-winning sommelier
Everything is different at 30,000 feet.

Taking A Stand For New Jersey Wines
An enterprising writer blinds Jersey bubbles for somm friends.

Wine Industry Transforms Town Best Known for Big Prison
I suppose it says something that I didn’t know it HAD a prison.

Exploring the Unexpected of Napa Valley
Virginie Boone continues her series of Napa guides.

Five Things You Need to Know about Swiss Wine
Good luck finding much of it here. The Swiss are thirsty.

The Surprising Rise of Michigan Wine: A Conversation with Lee Lutes of Black Star Farms
Christopher Barnes highlights a

Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets
Stephen Tanzer tastes a lot of 07s and many are poor.

The Languedoc-Roussillon Might Be the Best-Kept Wine Secret in France
Town & Country recommends 8 wineries to visit in the Languedoc.

UK wine trade faces up to Brexit
Jancis gets into the nitty gritty of the issues facing the UK wine trade.

Bordeaux 2017 – mapping the frost
Gavin Quinney makes a disturbing map.

Sherry – undiscovered treasure
Jancis brings us up to speed on Jerez and its beautiful, under appreciated wines.

Anson: What it costs to buy a Bordeaux château
Just in case you were in the market

Remi Leroy 2009 Blanc de Blancs
Elaine Brown offers a blueprint for a wine adventure

Michael Fridjhon: Time to Overhaul the Business of South African Wine
The government takes most of the blame it seems.

After Fires, Chile Rebuilds Devastated Wine Regions
Smoke taint, not surprisingly, is a big concern.

Scientists discover a sixth sense on the tongue–for water
This makes complete sense to me.

Meet the new Russian wine consumer
I’d like to meet that consumer and have a drink with her.

What Winemakers Want You To Know About Virginia’s Wine Renaissance
It’s real, and it’s really tasty.

The East Coast revival is a boon for Virginia wine
And another article, this time by Erin Scala.

Brexit and the art of buying wine
22 percent price rises. Ouch.

The story behind Napa’s new blockbuster winery: Promontory
Esther Mobley covers the latest Harlan project.

Discover an Ancient but Little-Known Spanish Wine Region: Méntrida
Yes, not particularly well known, perhaps for a reason.

The Indigenous Wine Varieties of the Croatian Islands
A very good introduction to some exotic grapes.

Japanese wine tickling tastebuds of consumers
The industry continues to strengthen.

Why do some wines taste of mouse cage?
Even worse than wet dog.

Thrilling and Joyless? The Polarity of Sweet Riesling
Some Americans hate Spälese? MORE FOR ME!

Vasse Felix honours Tom Cullity, the ‘rich Mick doctor’ who started it all
An under-appreciated wine region.

Mexican migrant workers came to California to pick grapes. Now they own wineries.
Great article on five (of many) workers-turned-winery-owners in CA.

There Is An Island Of Wine In The Middle Of The Atlantic
A nice article about the Azores

Mastering Napa’s Mountain Appellations
Virginie Boone heads for the hills.

Fruity with a note of fungus: How fungal infections change the aroma of wine
Why botrytized wines smell the way they do. (Warning, geeky science ahead).

Everything you wanted to know about natural wine
As long as you’re prepared to swallow yet another mouthful of dogma.

Jeb Dunnuck to leave Wine Advocate and start his own publication
Another young protege leaves the Parker fold.

Dom Vintages Become an Annual Event
Here’s to not doing things the way they’ve always been done. And see what Global Warming did there?