Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/11/17

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.


Why Syrah is Better than Cabernet
Oh, now there’s an argument to have one evening.

Meet Grüner Veltliner, Central Europe’s Sexiest Grape
Anne Krebiehl makes the case.

Could You Pass the Master of Wine Exam?
Those essay questions will get ‘ya.

Jefford on Monday: The nth degree winery
Andrew Jefford falls for Dal Forno

Penfolds Remembers Grange Inventor
Blake Gray is unimpressed.

Why Chinese investors are snapping up Bordeaux vineyards
Because they can.

Wine country: Boulder a hotbed for sommeliers
Highest MS count per capita?

Wine Depends on Immigrant Labor. Trump’s Policies Could Run Your Glass Dry
Well, if not dry, then more expensive.

Due to labor shortage, female workers are a growing presence in Napa vineyards
The changing face of vineyard labor.

Rioja DOCA Approves Single Vineyard Classification
A good move towards better consumer understanding

Rioja’s Winemakers Positive About DOCA’s Recognition of Terroir
And the winemakers are happy about it. 

Beaujolais Closes in on ‘Climat’ Recognition
And it will be a good thing when it happens.

Malibu Coast: The Reluctant AVA
Roger Morris reports on the current state of Malibu wine.

Napa reds come out on top in Judgment of Tokyo
And it made Warren Winiarski happy.

Napa Cabernet Prices at Worryingly High Levels
And little relief in sight.

Trump budget ‘devastating’ to winegrape farming: California Ag Secretary
The officials say so.

Can a screw-cap wine be “corked”? Corkiness isn’t just cork taint.
Jeremy Parzen spills the beans on the bacteria, or vice versa.

A tale of three wine competitions
Blake Gray judges competitions AND he judges at them.

Why Are You So Obsessed?
Matt Kramer offers answers to common questions

The Life and Afterlife of Terroir
Jon Bonné looks backward and forward at the iconic wine bar.