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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/19/19


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.

Agustin Huneeus Jr. to plead guilty Tuesday to college admission scandal charges
The question is: will he do time?

Inside Wine: Keep it Clean
Laura Ness looks for neat freaks.

Rain and windy weather causing problems for North Coast wine grape growers
2019 is going to be a smaller crop.

Understanding Biodynamic Wine: The Monty Waldin Interview
Christoper Barnes asks the questions.

Turning the Tables on Austin Beeman
Another industry insider profiled.

Spanish police arrest four in connection with major wine fraud
2 million fake bottles.

Natural wine at home in Japan
Simon Woolf reports.

Phylloxera Outbreak Puts Aussies on Edge
Tragic situation.

Liv-ex interview with Jeb Dunnuck: from aerospace engineering to wine criticism
Now out on his own.

Walking up the hill of Hermitage
Richard Hemming takes a stroll with his camera.

What’s to be done about sherry?
Jancis says there’s good stuff to be had.

Saint-Émilion to be Source of Bordeaux’s First ‘Grand Cru’ Chardonnay
Courtesy of a Russian oligarch.

Sideways in Trump Country
Peter Pharos really didn’t like the movie.

Diners mistakenly served nearly $6,000 bottle of rare French wine
The most popular wine story on the internet this week.

Meet Monterey’s New-Wave Winemakers
Matt Kettman reports.

A Look at the Life of André Lurton
RIP Mr. Lurton.

Day-Drinking Millennials Mean LVMH To Start Bottling Rosé
The wines are still less than $15. For now.

The Unordinary Wine Philosophy of Bradford Taylor
My local wine guy.

Inside The 222-Year-Old Wine Festival That Takes Place Every 20 Years
In Switzerland, no less.

The woes of vintners in occupied Crimea
Wine grown on stolen land is hard to sell.

Why Native Yeast Fermentations Are Critical for Expressing Terroir
Fascinating studies inside.

Social Justice is Sparking Change in South Africa’s Wine Industry
Good stuff.

NYC’s Top Natural Wine Destinations Are Now Making Their Own
How hard could it be?

In the Arizona High Desert, Taking the Temperature of a Wine Boom
The in-depth guide.

Wine Storage Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Don’t sell wine you don’t own.

What are Sulfites? A Look at Wine’s Most Misunderstood Compound
The basics for consumers.

When wine becomes transformative
Activist wines.

How Sulfites Affect a Wine’s Chemistry
Remy Charest explains.

Beaumes de Venise: the hidden red of the Southern Rhône
Matt Walls talks obscure Rhone.

New York Wines Can Age…But I’m Not Sure That Matters as Much Anymore
Lenn finds some things lost in the cellar.

In Texas, Winemakers Find Room to Roam
Long Island jerks lose great winemaker to Texas.

This Rosé Company Wants to Pay You $10,000 to Drink Their Wine In a French Chateau
And Instagram goes wild….

Two Producers Working to Protect the Future of Wine
Big budgets can do big things.

Cornas Warms to a New Direction
A double-edged sword.

Meet the Man Who Stocks Hollywood’s Top Wine Shop
And knows the people who drink it.

Wine in Greece: rediscovered country
YES!! Drink Greek.

Americans Are Willing to Pay More for Wine With a Cork — Especially on Cheaper Bottles
Always have been