In the New York Times, Ann Mah shares what it was like to be a volunteer working harvest at AR Lenoble in Champagne. “Picking grapes requires no particular skills or training, only a measure of agility. This work was the inverse of my daily deskbound grind: It taxed my body and left my mind free.”
In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at the California wineries that have begun importing grower Champagne.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre profiles Joel Peterson, who founded Ravenswood winery in 1976, and talks to him about California’s wine industry growth.
Elsewhere in the Washington Post, a look at the rise of new vine plantings in Virginia as a result of a booming demand for Virginia wines. ““It’s a good time to be a Virginia winery… We’ve been planting as quickly as our pocketbook will allow.””
Wines & Vines on “a new era for wine sales in East,” and the recent legislation that is liberating wineries in Pennsylvania, New York, and elsewhere.
Matt Kettmann considers how drought, climate change, and smoke taint will continue to affect California wines — and what can be done about it — in Wine Enthusiast.
Jancis Robinson is excited about Grenache Gris, the pink-skinned cousin of Grenache Blanc.
More than three quarters of châteaux in Bordeaux’s Cru Bourgeois classification have voted to create a new three-tier system by 2020, reports Decanter.