Wine News: What I’m reading the Week of 7/2/17

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.


Michelin buys 40% of Wine Advocate
Big news in the world of wine criticism. But did Parker sell his remaining shares, or have the Singaporean’s already decided to divest?

Full Speed Ahead for Jackson Family Wines
A nice profile of Barbara Banke

Magpies recruited to safeguard vineyards from grape-eating birds
Cool solution to bird problems.

Chardonnay Joins the Bordeaux Club
Well, that won’t be controversial, will it?

Exploring Minerality
Elisabetta Tosi offers a formula.

Fino’s context warning
Sarah Abbot on the charms of Sherry.

The glacier wines of the mountain people
Tamlyn Currin on some of the wines of the Valais

Champagne chutzpah
Jancis Robinson with full details on the Champagne Jayne case.

Four Men Convicted of Assaulting French Wine Collector in Attempted Cellar Robbery
Justice served. Without a glass of wine.

A Woman Takes the Helm at Antinori (Officially) Next Month
For the first time in 26 generations.

Schwarzenegger Made Bordeaux Wine ‘Ambassador’
Those quotation marks are needed.

Wine Executive Charles Banks Sentenced to Four Years for Fraud
A sad ending to a soap opera of a tale, but it appears justice has been served.

Liquor Laws Outpaced by Technology
Liza Zimmerman explores liquor delivery apps.

Manto Negro, A Mallorcan Grape Varietal, Not a Balkan Country
Barbara Sturgis profiles a grape, but uses the word “varietal” wrong.

Dunne on Wine: Hatching new sauvignon blanc at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery
Mike Dunne profiles the Starrs.

Jefford on Monday: The rosé which wasn’t pink enough
An illustration of why appellations can also be stifling.

Deirdre Heekin of La Garagiste and the Unlikely Tale of Vermont Wine
A nice, in-depth profile of this sought-after producer.

The Science of Chilling Wine
Some air quotes ought to be used here, but the advice is sound.

Romanian Wine is Making a Comeback
The question is to where is it making a comback?

Boyd on wine: Thomas Jefferson and the history of wine in the US
Gerald Boyd celebrates independence day.

What Goes with What?
Matt Kramer talks to his food ands looks at his guests, not the reverse.

Terroir Whisperer
L.M. Archer profiles Pedro Parra

Don’t Think, Just Drink
Eric Asimov’s readers react to the concept (and the wines) of Vin de Soif.

Meet Burgundy’s Most Powerful Woman In Wine, Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy
Jeannie Cho Lee visits and profiles.

Space wine is possible, but far far away
But not a galaxy far, far away….

How This Australian Is Changing The French, and World, Wine Scene
Tom Mullen on Ch. de Cadillac

Anson: The Place de Bordeaux opens its doors a little wider
Jane Anson tastes the icon wine from Garzon in Uruguay

Why Nova Scotia excels at sparkling wine
Bill Zacharkiw talks Benjamin Bridge

Who grew the grapes in the wine you’re drinking? The label has some clues.
Dave McIntyre on back label terms.

Priorat’s new structure
Miguel Hudin suggests it’s on the right track

What if wines were sold like books?
Robert Joseph says “if you like this, you’ll like that”

On Being a Wine Whistleblower or True Story Teller
Wink Lorch digs into the sordid history of Altesse.

What’s the truth about biodynamics?
Felicity Carter goes looking for truth, and finds mostly what we already knew.

How Anjou Became the Capital of Natural Wine
Jon Bonné digs into the Anjou

Northern Virginia’s vineyards shine
Getting their due.

Wine Industry Shakeup: Leader of Santa Barbara’s Largest Winery Group Steps Down
When you’re fighting what seems to be a losing battle with NIMBY