Stuart Pigott shares his feelings about the rise of the hipster sommelier in Grape Collective. “Of course, the hipster somms are a special sub-group of the Hipsters as a mind-boggling, jaw-dropping whole… For me meeting a hipster somm was often like a blind date with a stunningly beautiful android that went horribly wrong.”
What are today’s affordable California cult wines? James Lawrence takes a look at the category in Wine-Searcher.
Elvio Cogno, winemaker from Italy’s Piedmont region who worked at Marcarini and his own winery, died June 12, reports Wine Spectator. He was 79 years old.
In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray discovers the pockets of Santa Barbara County growing cabernet.
Some restaurants in San Luis Obispo County are removing Justin Vineyards wines to show their disapproval of Justin’s environmental actions.
Carson Demmond dishes out some useful advice on how to keep your hot apartment from killing your wine in Food & Wine.
In the Huffington Post, John Mariani features Murrieta’s Well in the Livermore Valley, a winery that reportedly “refuses to make wines to wine ratings points.”
In Forbes, Thomas Pellechia talks to winemakers in several countries about the impact of climate change.
New Zealand’s 2016 vintage is up 34% on last year’s crop, but still below the record-breaking 2014 harvest, reports the Drinks Business.