Wine news June 9th, 2017

Bleacher Report on LeBron James' serious world of wine. "LeBron's got somebody really good in his corner telling him which wine to drink," says DLynn Proctor, who appeared in the 2012 documentary Somm and is currently an ambassador for Australia's Penfolds winery."

Decanter on how Noble Rot influences the flavor of a wine. "Botrytis cinerea – also called bunch rot, grey mould and noble rot – increases the wine’s aromatic compounds, producing a more fruity, floral and toasty white wine."

The Drinks Business reports that the Rioja DOC approves single vineyard classification. "Among the signatories of the manifesto was Artadi’s Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle (who subsequently withdrew from the DOCa over the issue), Miguel Angel de Gregorio of Finca Allende, Peter Siseck of Pingus, Jesus Barquin of Equipo Navazos, and wine writers Victor de la Serna."

Eric Asimov in the New York Times on the uniqueness of Australian Riesling. "In our small sample, we found lively, tangy, moderately priced wines that are delicious young. We found deeper, more resonant wines that should age well, and these too were moderately priced, relative to fine rieslings from elsewhere."