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If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 4.7.2017

Charles Banks pleads guilty: On Monday, Charles Banks pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in the case related to allegations by Tim Duncan, who claimed he was cheated out of millions of dollars in investments that were made for him by Banks. Charles Banks' company, Terroir Life, is not implicated in the allegations. [Wine Spectator]

Evaluating Beaujolais: Eric Asimov takes a look at wines from the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages appellations, considering whether the revival in Beaujolais has extended from the crus to these areas as well. With a tasting panel, he concludes that though sometimes simple, these are often delightful wines. [NYT]

Bordeaux’s 2016 weather report: Château Bauduc’s Gavin Quinney offers a detailed overview of the weather in Bordeaux in 2016. The year boasted a warm, dry summer and good weather during harvest, with successful flowering leading to the largest crop in a decade. [JancisRobinson.com] 

Current cocktail ingredients: After looking at drink lists from top bars across the US, PUNCH points out five of the top trends, from vegetables borrowed from the kitchen to dairy to eaux de vie. [PUNCH]

The story of Two Buck Chuck: Thrillist digs into the history behind Two Buck Chuck, founded by Charles Shaw and now known mostly for being cheap. The story is a dramatic one, and it involves an earlier era of more high-end wine, including carbonic Gamay produced in 1978. [Thrillist]

Gorgona’s wine & workers: The Tuscan island of Gorgona has been a penal colony since 1869 and today houses prisoners who work during the day, many of them in the vineyards of Marchesi di Frescobaldi in a project established in 2012. The island prison is a successful experiment, with a recidivism rate of only 20% compared to 80% elsewhere. [Decanter]

What do you think?

Did any of your favorite Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages producers make the NYT list?

What trends are you seeing in terms of cocktail ingredients in your market? Do you think the PUNCH list is accurate, or misguided trend-spotting?

What other unique programs are you aware for vineyard management?

What else have you been reading this week?