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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/24/19


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.

Need a scorecard of key players in Napa’s land use battles? Here it is
A healthy primer.

How much difference can there be between critics?
A lot.

Washington Grape Growers Witness the Farthest Reaches of “Stupid”
Utterly inane.

The History of Oregon Pinot Noir: The Ken Wright Interview
Back in the day.

Stolo: A Hidden Gem along California’s Coastline
R.H. Drexel profiles Stolo.

I love a good Napa Valley cabernet. If only I could afford it.
Few can, these days.

Anson: How is the Bordeaux 2018 vintage shaping up?
Big, bold, tannic, says Jane.

Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave
Science.

Wine.com Corners the Premium Market
Not sure about that, but they are talking it up.

Old Vines That Still Make Great Wine
Profiles of some of the world’s oldest vineyards.

Wine Time: The Chain of Custody from Vineyard to Glass
AKA: who makes money.

Rely on the numbers? Respected Napa consultant thinks it’s vital for wineries to survive
Bill talks with Paul Mabray.

Australia Struggles to Go Premium
As do many countries.

Wineries Need Better Customer Experience
Struth, as Shakespeare would say.

Prominent Sonoma County winemaker Merry Edwards sells Sebastopol winery to French champagne maker
Doubling down on CA Pinot.

Wine can be honest and authentic without being “natural”
Ya think?

The Lucky Break That Launched A Wine Revolution
The tale of White Zinfandel.

Lindquist’s Long Goodbye to Qupé
AKA, you’re fired.

Meet Krista Scruggs, Wine’s New Throwback Innovator
Making Vermont wine.

Farewell to the magician of Montalcino
RIP Gianfranco.

Soldera – whom doubt doth not assail
Jancis makes this article free in remembrance.

Austria feels the heat
One hot summer follows another.

Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat
Price per bottle stays strong.

Cambridge triumph in a Real Sport
The annual wine tasting challenge results.