Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/7/23

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.

The Wizard of All
Another Darrel Corti profile.

Les Titans: Wine in the Extreme
Dennis explores the extreme.

Devil’s Advocate – Wine Producers and Supermarkets: an Unbalanced Relationship
Robert Joseph is on the money.

Inside South Africa’s Increasingly Impressive Wine Tourism Industry
A deep look inside.

The Mermaids in the Basement
RH Drexel goes to Haliotide.

10 Boxed Wines That Are Really Good, Seriously
Yes, but does Eric Asimov slap the bag?

Why Do American Diners Have Such a Limited Palate for Textures?
Read this article and then tell me why shouldn’t be expanding our language for wine.

You Can Call It Natural Wine’s Goth Phase
But it’s far from over, methinks.

Wine bars in the Bay Area are suddenly cool
And everywhere.

Top Wine Bars in the Bay Area
Esther Mobley runs down 22 of them.

These Dutch Nuns Are Desperate to Sell Their Surplus Wine
The new nun wine.

Michael J. Martin Managed Missions to Mars. Now, He’s Pouring Wine In Mendocino
A fun profile.

A Bay Area natural wine sensation just bought a major vineyard
Broc goes estate.

Women Who Wine
A few nice profiles.

“Aspirationally, we benchmark many of our wines against many top French examples”
An interview with Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.

The Instagram Path to Wine Success
Or is it TikTok?

Australia: Woman survives on wine during five days stranded in Australian bush
And this people, is why you never leave the wine behind.

A Game-Changing New Vineyard Management Technology

Zenato’s Vittorio Marianecci’s Body Found Off East Bay After Apparent Suicide

Wine Investors Flock to South Africa
The French are circling.

‘The Loire is the next Burgundy’
Only if they make a Chenin movie.

Is Sense of Place the New Terroir? In Conversation with Elaine Chukan Brown
I don’t know about this “new terroir” thing, but a sense of place means something to Elaine.

The Whimsical World of Fungi-Foraging Winemakers
It’s that umami thing?

Bordeaux’s surprising 2022 vintage
Jancis suggests it may be worth the annual hype.