Wine news July 12, 2016

The Wine Spectator reports Barolo's Vietti sells to American businessman. "For Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Krause Holdings, Inc., it fulfills a long-held desire to own a Barolo winery. "My mother's family is Italian and I have always had a passion for Italy and for Barolo," he said."

CNN recommends 15 wine trails. "Wine may be the last thing on anyone's mind when they encounter the spellbinding vistas of the Santorini caldera, with its precipitous cliffs rising vertically from the sea."

EU austerity has no impact on Greek wine imports to the USA reports Forbes. "According to Cava Spiliadis, Greek wine importer to the United States and Canada, since 2007, one year before the global economic meltdown, “…our sales in North America have grown 1,000 percent.” 

Food and Wine answers the question is red wine better for you? "Life is too short to nitpick over marginal benefits, and it would be a shame to deny yourself really great wine simply because it’s the wrong color."

W. Blake Gray on Idaho being granted its third AVA. "In 2001, I went down to Walla Walla and saw a vineyard in the middle of a wheat field," Doug McIntosh told me. "We have a 2000-acre wheat farm. We put a vineyard in the middle of it."