Daily Wine News: The Lifestyle Vintner

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Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Source: Wikimedia)

Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Source: Wikimedia)

In the Atlantic, James Conaway on the problematic rise of the “lifestyle vintner,” which he defines as a type of hobbyist investor who makes money in another field and then buys into wine, mostly for the social and financial cachet. “Lifestyle vintners’ websites sag with paeans to nature, viticulture, and terroir (as well as, of course, themselves). But few truly embody the back-to-the-land credo of the ‘60s and ‘70s that made world-famous places like Napa Valley, now first choice for American lifestyle vintnerhood.”

In Wines & Vines, Jaime Lewis considers the impact of the natural wine movement in California’s Central Coast.

“Wine also poses a significant health risk — or so say the country’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, and a host of doctors who have rallied behind her…President Emmanuel Macron, Buzyn’s boss, begs to differ.” In the Washington Post, James McAuley reports on France’s public outcry over recent health claims about wine.

In Wine Enthusiast, Julia Coney—a “fragrance junkie”—reconciles her passion for wearing perfume and love of tasting wine.

In the Napa Valley Register, Henry Lutz profiles two Napa Valley wine industry families: the Araujos and the Krupps.

To help the region recover from wildfires, Jason Tesauro suggests visiting California wine country in Esquire.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, reviews James Conaway’s Napa at Last Light.

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