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Wine Heirs Battle in Court; Russians Don’t Drink Much Wine

“English wine? Even I wouldn’t drink that.”

• Here’s a wine-country soap opera for you: A brother and sister, heirs to Foppiano Vineyards in Healdsburg, which is still technically in the control of their 101-year-old Genovese father, were in court this week with the sister alleging that her brother was mismanaging a family trust, forging their father’s signature on documents, and putting the winery $4 million in debt. [Press-Democrat]

• A new article in Yale’s journal of environmental science discusses the various noticeable effects that climate change has already had on the wine industry around the world, perhaps most notably in England, where there are now 400 commercial vineyards. [Yale Environment 360]

• Relative to wages, wine in Russia is about five times more expensive than it is in Europe, and therefore most Russians stick to beer and vodka. But that may be starting to change. [Moscow Times]

“English wine? Even I wouldn’t drink that.”

• The Times’ Eric Asimov insists, “I need no seasonal inducement to write about sparkling wines,” but nonetheless he and his panel did a blanc de blancs Champagne tasting this week. [NYT]

• One more miraculous potential cure story involving wine: Belgian researchers are now saying that wine may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. Does the wine industry fund all these studies? [Wine Spectator]

• The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, for which results are announced January 6, just marked a new record in the number of entries: There will be 5,500 wines competing, up from 5,050 last year. [PR Newswire]

Wine Heirs Battle in Court; Russians Don’t Drink Much Wine