Remembering Stanko Radikon: Italian winemaker Stanko Radikon passed away last weekend. Stanko, who managed his family's estate in Friuli for over 30 years, is considered a pioneer of macerated white wines and natural winemaking practices. He was extremely influential in the region, and his reputation for thoughtful farming and winemaking has spread far beyond as well. [Louis Dressner]
Charles Banks Charged with Fraud: Wine investor Charles Banks has been indicted on two counts of wire fraud related to allegations made by former basketball player Tim Duncan. Banks purchased Screaming Eagle in 2006 (though gave up his share in 2009) and Mayacamas Vineyards and Qupé in 2013. He is also the founder of Terroir Capital, a wine investment company. Duncan says Banks offered poor investment advice and pocketed some of his returns. Additional reporting adds that Terroir is not directly implicated. Duncan remains an investor in Terroir. [SFGate]
Cheval Blanc's First White Wine: After eight years of experimentation, Château Cheval Blanc is releasing its first white wine. Le Petit Cheval Blanc 2014, which is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, will be available at the end of September. The estate produced 4,500 bottles. [Decanter]
Wine & Spirits Best New Somms: Wine & Spirits has announced its Best New Sommeliers of 2016: Erica O'Neal, Justin Timsit, Victoria James, Caleb Ganzer, Rachel Van Til, Spencer Chaffey, Nicole Hakli, and Mariel Wega. Congratulations to all! [Wine & Spirits]
Jackson Family Wines' Latest Acquisition: Jackson Family Wines has purchased Alexander Valley's Field Stone Winery. The estate, first planted in 1894, is best known for old-vine Petite Syrah and also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier, and Syrah. Neither the purchase price nor any personnel changes at the winery have been announced. [SFGate]
Highlighting Women Winemakers: Jon Bonné examines how the quiet spotlight on female winemakers at San Francisco's new Tartine Manufactory might help normalize the role of women in winemaking. Even as the gender gap has closed in other areas of the wine industry, winemaking remains dominated by men and, as Ryme's Megan Glaab explains, a complicated institutional bias is still pervasive. [PUNCH]
What do you think?
How have you observed Stanko Radikon's influence on winemaking in Italy and beyond?
What are your thoughts on the ongoing saga of Charles Banks' indictment?
Share your perspective on Cheval Blanc's foray into the white wine world.
What do you think of the Manufactory's approach to its wine list? How have you witnessed the bias female winemakers face in their profession? How else might the role of women in winemaking be normalized?
What else have you been reading this week?