Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/14/17


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.

Going 10 Rounds with Eric Renaud
Helluva list to manage.

After the fires, the road back to Napa and Sonoma counties
The slow road to recovery.

Karl Kaiser, cofounder of Inniskillin wines, remembered
Canada loses a pioneer.

An Interruptionist Seeks To Change U.S. Wine Distribution
An interesting business idea. Let’s see if it actually works!

Incredible collection of wine hidden in a top secret cave hidden beneath a rock face somewhere in Europe is tipped to sell for £1million at auction
Right out of a Bond movie….

Sommelier Roundtable: Your Predictions for 2018
The Spectator rounds up some prognostications.

There’s nothing wrong with being a little sweet on wine
People say they don’t like sweet wine, but they’re usually lying to themselves.

Mountain View Wine Thief Set To Age 3 Years In Prison
Lock him up! Lock him up!

Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine
When you’re really, really thirsty and all you have is a spare Russian tank…

Sommelier writes her way through wine country
A nice profile of Kelli White

The Simple Life
Robert Camuto on the Marche

Thomas fire, California’s largest on record, finally 100 percent contained
Only now, folks. After a month. That’s how huge it was.

The Relationship Between Sensory Characteristics and Emotion in Consumer Wine Preferences
I smell bacon fat and I cry.

This Ex-Banker Has Wall Street-Sized Ambitions as a Wine Critic
A profile of Galloni

Fighting In Washington On Track To Harm California’s Wine Industry
Labor is going to make or break California wine.

Are anti-cork sentiments softening in New Zealand and Australia?
Jamie Goode sees more corks down under.

Silicon Valley Bank wine business forecast warns of slowing sales growth
But not a reversal.

Why Napa is Shifting Fast From Blended Wines to Single Vineyard Expressions
By blended, they mean from multiple sites, rather than multiple grapes.

Three Takeaways from the Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates – 2017 Review
What the data say….

Bernard Magrez Attacked in His Home
Robbery gone wrong

Tax Changes Hit Wine’s Alcohol Levels
A lousy side effect of the new tax law: less transparency.

Anson: The women who shaped Bordeaux
Let’s hear it for the girls!

Q&A with a pinot pioneer: Calera’s Josh Jensen reflects on changes
Laurie talks with Josh.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose
A profile of Tim Hanni

Champagne Gives Thanks for a Vintage Crop
Another decent year in Champagne.

The ’90s Magazine That Courted Wine’s Early Counterculture
Zach Sussman finds out about WineX

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Grapegrower, Innovator, and Always One Step Ahead
A profile of David Parrish

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Wine Business Educator and Influencer
A profile of Ray Johnson

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Crafting Wine and Legacy in Washington
A profile of Chris Upchurch

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: A Pillar of Oregon’s Wine Tourism Industry
A profile of Wayne Bailey

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Pioneer and Champion of Hillside Grapegrowing
A profile of Stu Smith

Fires burned the legacy of California’s historic ‘wine king.’ This winery wants to rebuild it.
A fascinating piece of history.

Boozy wish list for 2018: More screw caps, less wax
Esther Mobley isn’t asking for so much…