The Great Champagne Grape Theft

Worried you might have missed some vital wine nes this week? Help is at hand.

The biggest news in wine this week was, of course, the appearance in Napa of Just the Tipsy wine in penis-shaped bottles, which is basically the logical (and classier) conclusion of wineries putting their production in ever-heavier bottles.

Wine journalists rarely need an excuse to take this kind of story for a walk so this correspondent will leave it to others to lay it on thick with the double-entendres.

Sure, Croatia’s bid to push for the legal protection of its sweet, white Prošek wines (in the face of Italian ojection on behalf of its sparkling white Prosecco producers) took another step forward with lawmakers agreeing to hear their submission, but here are some of the stories you might have missed: