Wine News 16-23 September

Has it been a week already? It must be time to run down the most interesting wine stories we read over the past seven days. Did we miss one of your favourites? Let us know!

Remember how we reported last week that English winemaker Chapel Down was opening a crowdfunding campaign to fund vineyard expansion? Well, they passed their origin target of £1.6 million by raising £2.9 million in just 10 days. Other wine producers may want to take note.

The iron vineyard sculpture outside the Napa Wine Train depot has been yarn-bombed by the mother of the woman who originally sculpted it. Dina Powers and Just Sayin’ Knitters have added knitted bunches of grapes and leaves. Take a look at the before and after photos!

The wet summer may have dampened Italian hopes of a bumper 2014 harvest. The harm done will vary from region to region, and of course these are only predictions.

Decanter featured an interview with Wolf Blass, the German-born winemaker who made himself one of the biggest names in Australian wine. I wish I could tell how many times someone has arrived at one of our book club meetings with a bottle of Wolf Blass. It’s good to meet the colourful man behind the bottle.

Perhaps it’s the change in the weather, but I’m daydreaming about travel. There were two good travel pieces that caught my eye especially. Vinepair posted a very helpful guide to Italy’s Piedmont for wine-lovers and Decanter‘s Stephen Brook wrote a travel piece on California’s Anderson Valley.

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