Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/7/22

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine 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.

Is that a beer bong at that natural wine bar? Actually, it’s an ancient Spanish tradition
The gimmick of the Porron. Traditional? Yes. Overrated? Seriously.

Remembering Clive Coates MW, an authority on Burgundy and Bordeaux
A nice obit in Decanter.

Family Wineries in Turmoil
Dunno what is up with the formatting of this story, but it’s an interesting topic.

Gone Tomorrow
A great piece. Old vines must be cherished.

40 million bottle Catalan wine scam goes to court
The allegations are serious.

I’ll Find My Way Home — The Women Winemakers Leading a Cretan Wine Revolution
Cool piece. And Cretan wine rocks.

Thyme Warp
And another bit on Crete. Maybe from the same press trip?

Crete wine comes full circle for its tourists
OK, seems like it was a big press trip.

The Problem With Wine Bottles
Eric Asimov on glass.

Why one of California’s most powerful wineries is rebranding as an organic company
Why? Money, of course.

A Noble Sediment
Fear of sommeliers?

Piacenza’s Obscure Wine Scene Is Italy’s Best-kept Secret
Says Devin Parr.

R.H. Drexel: Union Sacré: For the Untelevised Tables
Paso goes Alsatian.

Post-COVID reflections
Jancis reflects.

Old vines dig deep in the heatwave
The virtues of the elderly, indeed.

Bordeaux, Burgundy – it’s time to irrigate!
It’s time to change the laws, since we couldn’t stop ourselves from changing the climate.

Santorini Assyrtiko 2022 Report
Peter Pharos checks in on the island.

Women score in wine, too
Tim Atkin on the glass ceiling.

Bordeaux’s Ecological Push
Pam knows Organic.

The hidden truth of alternative wine bottle formats
Not a silver lining, it turns out.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spitting Wine
Spit to learn folks.

Sympathy for the Devil
John McCaroll gets it about right.

Another Blow for Napa Wine Tourism
Ugh. Legionnaire’s Disease is no joke.

Cannubi: Barolo’s Sacred Ground
But Cannubi is not Cannubi is not Cannubi.

The Incredible Inflation-busting Champagne
Wine should, by all rights, be more expensive than it is.

Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, a Champion of Sicilian Wines, Dies at 82
Wine Spectator obit.

Zero-dollar Napa Valley vineyard deal highlights ups, downs of handshake wine business deals
Nice when they work. Brutal when they don’t.

A new wine legend sprouts from the land of the gods
Interesting story.