“The vineyards of Burgundy are about to become the first in France to be totally covered by a “hailstone shield” to kill destructive storms,” reports Henry Samuel in the Telegraph. “By June, the entire area will be protected by a network of 125 ground generators that cause tiny particles of silver iodide to rise to the clouds above, where they stop the formation of hail stones, and thus reduce the risk of damage.”
In Decanter, Andrew Jefford explores why there isn’t better storytelling in wine writing. “Wine writers, though, are not meant to get beyond the drink. It’s all about the drink. That’s what readers want to hear about; that’s the message. If you drop that and go beyond, you go off-message… This ‘full picture’ is emphatically not what those soliciting wine journalism wish to have exposed about themselves or their businesses, nor is it what the editors of wine magazines or the commissioners of wine columns would like their writers to explore.”
In Forbes, Lauren Mowery talks with Dan Petroski about his move from the New York publishing world to life as a California winemaker, his vision for Larkmead, and the future of his Massican label.
In Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW looks at the insects and animals shaping organic and biodynamic farming practices in vineyards.
According to Bloomberg, Chilean wine is about to get more expensive due to unusual weather driving prices up.
David Allen offers tips on how to avoid being ripped off when investing in fine wine in Wine-Searcher.
Bob Ecker reports on the first Rosé Today competition in the Napa Valley Register.
In Palate Press, Simon Woolf travels to Mount Etna to discover what’s driving the region’s expansion.