Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/18/18


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.

Balance Trumps Terroir for Winemakers
The suggestion that a search for balance is akin to bigotry?

Fear of wine snobs
Robert Joseph suggests a little introspection.

Inside Felton Road
A nice profile of a great producer.

Understanding the Science Behind Ancient Wine
Kevin Begos tells you what you need to know.

In defence of sluts
Walter Speller argues against a colleague.

2018 Bud Break Starts Early in Napa Valley
But right now it is snowing in Angwin and on Mount Veeder….

Opinions Split Over Pommard Promotion
Who wants to be Premier Cru? Not everyone.

Forget Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s New Big Thing Is Pinot Noir
Elin writes up her time on the islands.

Winemaker Charles Back Survives Brutal Crow Bar Attack and Still Makes It To Work the Next Day
And figures out how to make it something of a PR opportunity as well. But holy heck that must have hurt.

The Wild Ancient Greek Drinking Game That Required Throwing Wine
Only the dregs, people.

This Chilean Valley Is a Red Wine Paradise
Someone got a press junket

Why Volcanic Wine Is Becoming A Hot Topic
Because it’s good.

Jefford on Monday: Downhill all the way
Jaquere from Savoie.

The International Rhône Wine Community Will Once Again Unite in Paso Robles Wine Country this April
Hospice du Rhone is back.

Hired It Through The Grapevine
Step aside AirBNB. We’ve got vines.

U.K. Steps Up Its Wine Game
NPR is late to the game on wine news, as usual.

Peak Wine: Is the Endless Growth of the Wine Industry Coming to an End?
No. Not until America averages WAY more than 10 liters per year, per capita.

California’s Renegade Winemakers Are Pouring Weird, Wonderful Wines
La Magazine covers the Paso Robles Garagistes Festival.

The World’s Most Stunning Wineries
Food and Wine makes a list, but some of the photos don’t even show the wineries!

Not following fashion: François Mikulski
An interview with a newcomer to Burgundy.

Gramercy Tavern Veteran Juliette Pope on Becoming a Portfolio Manager
Juliette Pope’s next chapter.

Sparkling Wines From Oregon: What It Takes To Make A Name In Bubbly
Brian Freedman effervesces.

How an 80-pound goldendoodle helped build a California wine brand
Dave McIntyre on Ali Smith’s wine brand.

Considering the Canaries
Kelli White goes to the moon vineyards.

Treasury Wine CEO hunts down Penfolds copycats
Enough, apparently, is enough.

For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit
When they waltz in and want to buy the entire vintage? I’d say so.

Expand your wine palate with a broad range of regions
Bill Ward travels the world by glass.

Eight Star Producers in France’s New South
Jon Bonné anoints.