Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/9/17

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.


Fire Nears Historic Vineyard and Wineries
Ruh roh.

Jefford on Monday: Value in the Langhe
Andrew digs his Produttori.

The Mother-Daughter Team Rocking Italy’s Wine Scene
Tom Mullen profiles the Masciarellis.

Pairing Wine And Weed: Is It A California Dream Or Nightmare?
Marijuana messes with your tastebuds, people.

Aligoté, Burgundy’s Other White Grape, Makes Its Case
Eric Asimov advocates the unsung, rare white grape of Burgundy.

Are Hand-Picked Grapes Better Than Machine-Harvested?
The answer is “it depends.”

Fake Krug 1947: LVMH claims victory over Acker Merrall
But if you think this will change anything, I’ve got a bridge to sell you…

Fine wines, fine minds
Jancis reports on what sounds like a heady gathering.

Museum discovers wine stash dating back to late 1700s
I’ll bet John Adams’ Madiera is fantastic…

Worker housing funded by Napa vineyards can’t meet demand
Though with dropping populations of workers…

The outlaw wines of France
Hardly outlaws. Out of bounds, maybe.

Terrible Labels, Great Wine: Six Amazing Bottles Hurt by Bad Art
Elin McCoy says don’t judge…

Are natural winemakers in denial about mousiness?
Simon Woolf on the risks of Natural Wine.

Rise of the super sommeliers
Elin McCoy charts the rise.

Chinese wine market: Shift in consumption
The latest trends

The world’s greatest wine?
What does great mean?

Exclusive: Constellation Paid $60 Million for Napa Cabernet Star Schrader
And THAT, folks, is what a bunch of 100 point scores will get you.

A German Wine Revolution
Per and Britt Karlsson on sweetness

Amazon Is Not* Selling Its Own Wine
This after dozens of stories claimed that Amazon had its own wine label now.

‘The Sideways Effect’: How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry
And Merlo still hasn’t recovered.

What Sells Wine Today: How One Manhattan Retailer is Thriving
Chambers Street gets a Lettie Teague profile