Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/18/17

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.


Freak hail storm hits Napa Valley vineyards
HAIL. Not just for Burgundy anymore.

Anson: Bordeaux négociant system in flux
Is Bordeaux choking the neck of it’s main salesperson?

The lost vine of Chilean Patagonia identified by DNA profiling
Treasure hunting with DNA

New winery map points to sparkling treasure
Make your way to Nova Scotia.

Rui Falcao on Madeira, at MUST 2017
Jamie Goode reports from the MUST conference

Tinder Date Serves Up Wine in a Can
Swipe right for a six pack.

Arizona winemaker releasing wine from the barrel that nearly killed him
Talk about getting back on that horse…

Is It Really So Wrong to Put Ice in Your Wine?
Nope. Ice away. Just drink quickly.

Huge Wine Haul in Chinese Smuggling Crackdown
A drop in the bucket.

Boyd on wine: Introduction to Sicilian wine
A good primer

Château Coutet Discovered the Oldest Bottle of Bordeaux
Pre-French-revolution. That’s old.

Steve Matthiasson Deconstructing Napa Mythologies
Christopher Barnes interviews Steve about the truth of Napa.

Constellation in Shock Swoop for Schrader
Wow. This is a pretty amazing buy.

Nikola Plenkovic of Zlatan Otok and the Story of a Croation Wine Legend
A Plavac Mali pioneer

Burning Vineyard Waste for Biochar
The old school ways actually make sense

There Is An Island Dedicated To Wine In Sydney
What’s not to love?

Tim James: Kloovenburg On the Up
James profiles a rising star of South Africa’s Swartland

Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine
Isn’t archeology awesome? 

Torres: We Have to Defend the Culture of Wine
His remarks on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award

Greece is the word
Jancis Robinson on her recent Greek “adventures”

Jefford on Monday: Burgundy notebook
Andrew sees Burgundy winemakers relaxing, slightly.

Three young Sonoma County winemakers turning heads
A nice profile of three up-and-comers.

Why Ancient Roman Vineyards are Reopening in Eastern Galicia
The Ribeira Sacra is what it’s called. And it’s gorge-ous.

Why blending wine is one of the fastest growing trends in the industry
The rise of the Big Blend.

Bordeaux Estate Makes Fine Wines Naturally
Bordeaux isn’t all grand chateaux.

The Misguided Pleasures of “Slap the Bag”
Only if you’re under 25.