Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/4/18

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.

The Price of Wine
Skeptics on pricing.

What Does Your Bottle Really Say About the Wine?
A primer on wine bottles.

In Napa Valley, the scars of the October wildfires are hard to spot
Dave McIntyre visits Napa in the Spring.

St-Émilion calms down
And Jancis finds that much to her liking.

There’s More Wine Being Made in L.A. Than You Probably Realize
Long live the urban winery!

Two ‘second acts’ in the Napa Valley wine industry: the Araujo and Krupp families
Lots becomes possible after a big buyout.

Yes, Chef: Understanding in Swartland
Always fun to read about when someone finally has their eyes opened.

Napa Sells its Soul to Developers
Blake Gray reports on a book that says the glass isn’t half full, it’s cracked and leaking.

Tim James: Madiera Then and Now
Context, says James, is important.

Can Wine Transform China’s Countryside?
A wonderfully experiential and personalized look at the Chinese wine industry.

HK celebrates 10 duty-free years
Jancis and friends look back on the last 10 years and the scale of change they have wrought.

Have We Taken the “Less Is More” Wine Aesthetic Too Far?
Jon Bonn&eacute uses the royal we.

The Challenges-and Thrills-of Selling Spätburgunder
When they’re good, they’re really good.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Still Producing Wine Together: ‘Nothing Has Changed,’ Says Source
Meaning they’re still paying the Perrin family to make it for them.

Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route Is Still Forging Tastes, 30 Years Later
Jay Mcinerney reviews the seminal work.

Napa expert grim about the state and direction of the valley: ‘I don’t see any hope’
Mike Dunne talks with James Conaway.

A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region
A short travel guide filled with bubbles.

Travel: Driving northern Portugal’s wine route
Andre Ribereinho takes a road trip.

Groot Constantia celebrates 333 years of wine making
We are groot.