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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/31/19


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.

Looking at Steiner in the Rearview Mirror
Perspective on Steiner and the history of knowledge.

Facing fraud charges, Agustin Huneeus gives up control of his Napa Valley wine empire to his 85-year-old father
Either that, or lose it all.

In South Africa, vineyards are the battle ground in a tense racial dispute
It’s complicated.

Michael Lynne, Film Executive and Owner of Long Island’s Bedell Cellars, Dies at 77
He built a legacy of quality.

Meeting the Man Behind Lafite
One of them. A talk with the Technical Director

A High Resolution Look into Winemaking and Wine Growing
Fun images.

Prosecco’s 21st Century Challenge
It needs to get better.

Will Seyssuel Become a New AOP in France?
The long-lost stepchild of the Northern Rhone.

California wine crosses the pond once more
Will the good stuff be affordable enough to buy?

Saving Wine from the Sober Generation
James Lawrence doesn’t think it will be a problem.

Challenges to the 2018 Virginia vintage: rain, insects, diseases, and birds
Brutal, is the word.

Women now the top wine consumers in Germany
And soon to be elsewhere, too?

What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?
That’s an interesting question.

Celler Vall Llach: Started as a Social Project, Now Producing Award Winning Priorat Wine
Joyce Lin interviews Albert Costa.

A Napa Valley Travelogue, Anniversary Broken Toe Edition
Dotty and John hang out in Napa with only minor mishaps.

Why You Should Drink Natural Wines, According to Pascaline Lepeltier
And Pascaline knows Natural.

Talking Natural, Biodynamic Wine With Santa Barbara Pioneer Steve Beckmen
Jill Barth profiles Beckmen.

Bottle Shock: Thailand’s Unlikely Emergence as a Wine Destination
Two harvests per year, even.

Pour Yourself a Glass of Fake News
Ignore all headlines about wine that contain the word cigarettes.

Chianti Classico’s Greatest Hits
Blake Gray suggests commercial success tells you something.

Is 2016 the Perfect Bordeaux?
According to Roger Voss.

Five things to know about natural wine
I just wish people would stop showing orange wine in every Natural article.

French Raise a Glass to a Health Warning About Too Much Wine
Only because they don’t give the finger.

When Simplicity Can Be a Winemaking Virtue
Eric Asimov has a dry wit, and a sweet column, here.

New Mexico, Kentucky And FedEx Juggle How To Handle Wine Shipping
While we all wait for the Supreme Court to weigh in.

Getting Funky with Reductive Wines
Rave, do they?