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If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 12.17.12

PARKER “RETIRES”Alder Yarrow gives a concise breakdown of the changes underway at the Wine Advocate after Lettie Teague’s “Big Shake-Up” story on Robert Parker’s “retirement” dropped in last week’s WSJ. [Vinography]

THE $15M DEALSingapore businessman Soo Hoo Khoon Peng is reported to be the new primary shareholder of TWA, along with shareholders connected with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. [Decanter]

SOLDERA SUSPECT IDENTIFIEDItalian police say they’ve identified and are close to the arrest of a former Case Basse worker in the crime that left the winery emptied of 62,600 liters of wine on December 2. [Wine-Searcher]

NAPA GRAPE SHORTAGE“Mondavi alone is in the process of planting 1.5 million new vines,” and nurseries can’t keep up. So will the new plantings change the face of Napa? [SF Chronicle]

VERSET, CLAPE, JAMET & GENTAZMannie Berk tastes bottles from Northern Rhône icons—vintages 88, 89, 90, 91—and comments on how things have changed since that “golden age.” [Rare Wine Co.]

THE FIRST APPELLATION? Grape geneticist Dr. José Vouillamoz set out to find where vines were first purposely cultivated. Current best guess? Turkey.

2010 MOUTON LABELArtist Jeff Koons designed the 2010 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild label; Koons is the world’s most expensive artist and is known as the “Willy Wonka of art.” [Decanter]


Would love to hear YOUR thoughts:

  • Does Parker’s retirement affect you personally?
  • Got any Soldera you’d like to share?
  • Or had any old Côte-Rôtie or Cornas lately?
  • What would you plant in Napa today?
  • Have you checked out Dr. Vouillamoz and Jancis Robinson’s new Wine Grapes book?
  • And do you love or hate the latest Mouton label?