Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/10/17

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.


Photos: Margrit Mondavi Remembered
RIP to one of Napa’s greatest personalities.

North Coast heat spike kicks grape harvest into high gear
Like stepping on the gas.

North Coast grape growers confront muggy weather, worry about fruit rot after heat spike
Lots of nighttime harvesting this Fall.

Why Is So Much Wine Writing Bad?
Jay McInerney dishes on the profession

European Winegrowers Turn to Robots to Increase Competitiveness
I, for one, welcome the new robotic harvest crew.

California Harvest Reaches Crisis Point
Blake Gray reports on the pressure.

Five Myths of Winemaking
Fred Swan breaks down these five with great detail

Comment: MW’s warning to the wine trade
Keep up with the times, seems to be the message.

From an Undervalued Region in France, New Energy, New Inspiration and Great Wines
Eric Asimov talks Cahors.

Torrid temperatures shrivel California wine grapes to raisins

Smoke, then rain pose grape harvest challenges
Oregon having a tougher vintage

German Pinotland
Jancis tastes the best of the best

Californian Heatwave: ‘Too Soon to Tell’ if Yields Affected
Hard to imagine not…

How the champagne wine glass is killing the flute
And good riddance.

The Beautiful Bounty of Botrytized Wines
The taste of ambrosia

The Women Working to Bring Diversity to Champagne
A great story about women shaping Champagne

This Is The Secret Attraction Of Swiss Wine
Tom Mullen offers a lowdown, up high.

Why It’s So Hard to Tell If a $100,000 Bottle of Wine Is Fake
Mark Oldman drinks fake wine.

What Not to Do in a Wine Store…Ever
Lettie Teague gets pet peeves from retailers

Rescue mission underway for rare wine collections menaced by Irma
All those big reefer trucks stuck in evacuation traffic? Full of wine.

For French value, head south
Jancis gives the Languedoc some love in print

The Arduous Quest to Bring Rare Grapes to California
Bryan Harrington gets a little attention.

Wine Exec Charles Banks Enters Prison, Sells Stake in Napa’s Mayacamas
A sad denouement.

The Single-Minded Wine List
How much choice do we need, asks Matt Kramer