Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/12/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

One of California’s most influential modern wineries, Dirty & Rowdy, is ending after 11 years
Creative differences, it seems. End of an era.

How Cabernet Franc Is Wowing Argentina’s Winemakers
Yes, indeed, there is more there than Malbec.

Why Does It Cost So Much to Ship a Box of Wine?
A good answer to a maddening question.

An ode to Palomino: still wines made from old vine Palomino offer a new narrative for this ‘neutral’ industrialised yet historic grape variety
Not just for Sherry anymore.

Peter Liem on Champagne: dosage, growers versus houses, and viticulture
Few people know more than Peter.

The Cheap Wine That Turned Americans on to Fine Wine
An important piece of history to know.

How to Taste the Fermentation Vessel in Your Wine
Or not taste, as the case may be.

Prosecco protesters rise up against ‘ruthless expansion’ of Italian winemakers
This is an awful story.

France faces lowest recorded wine output following frost and disease
So is this.

Fires, frost, and floods: Europe’s winegrowers brace for the worst harvest in memory
The question is, how often are we gonna see headlines like this one?

Extreme weather causes 60% drop in Champagne crop for 2021
Among those hit hardest.

Timber Supply Issues Are Causing Headaches for the Wine Industry
Could be a serious problem.

Most significant changes to Sherry regulations for 50 years announced
That’s some progress.

Through 3 Whites, the Art of Blending Wines
Eric on the virtues of melange.

How This Master Sommelier Became a Game-Changing Napa Valley CEO
I didn’t know his whole story. What a journey!

Chinese actress Zhao Wei, owner of Bordeaux estates, cancelled in China
And  worst of all, no one knows where she is.

How Anderson Valley’s Roederer Estate is dealing with the drought
Plan B, and Planc C.

Farmworker shortage raises worries grapes will go unpicked
COVID effects continue to play out.

The Oregon Winemakers Going Rogue with Biodynamic Bubbles and Global Grapes
Nice profiles of some interesting names.

What Becky Wasserman Taught Us About Burgundy—and Humanity
Nice remembrance and celebration.

Down The Rabbit Hole
And out the other side.

By the Bottle: Carmen Castorina
Another hidden figure.

Slow winemaking on the Sonoma Coast
A nice profile of Matt Courtney

Enabling one’s favorite predispositions
An interview with Jay McInerney

Australian wine update
Jancis sheds light on present difficulties.

Wine’s ‘Gender-Split’
And problems with polling.

Turning the Tables on Deborah Parker Wong
Q&A with the editor of Slow Food’s Slow Wine Guide.

The new fine wine
You mean the newly expensive wines that collectors want?

Going Viral: Covid Saves Chinese Wine
Local interest booms, says Jim Boyce.

Will the wildfires create an insurance desert in California North Coast?
It’s a serious problem.

Science and Culture: Wildfires pose a burning problem for wines and winemakers
A deep dive on smoke taint.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/5/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Influential British wine critic Jancis Robinson sells her website, with plans to increase California focus
My boss has a new boss.

All change, no change
Jancis’ notes on the new ownership.

Icons with feet on the ground
Robert Joseph offers thoughts on Jancis’

Two Buck Chuck and the Lure of Bargain Wine
The story

Why Lodi Is the Most Exciting US Wine Region You’ve Never Heard of
Sara Schneider offers her thoughts.

Lodi is about to pick its first Assyrtiko
Perhaps proof point for the above.

Bright, Cheerful Vinho Verde Shows Its Serious Side
I want to drink all these wines.

5 Wines That Shaped a Nobel Prize Winner’s Life
Stories like this make wine endlessly fascinating.

This Black Hospitality Entrepreneur Launched A Wine Brand “For The Culture”
A nice profile.

Why France’s Jura Is the Next Hot Wine Region for Young Collectors
And now prices will rise.

A Brief Look at Baja’s Long Winemaking History
The original wine country.

The Future of Winemaking Is Hybrid
If only they tasted better.

Change May Be Coming to Your Favorite Wines
This is the “Wealth Matters” column.

Force of nature: WA crusader all alone on the natural wine front
Local coverage of Vanya Cullen.

Roederer Moves on from Non-vintage Champagne
More like Krug, less like Veuve Clicquot.

Bottlenecks: Biden could be about to shake up an 88-year-old system
The president can’t really change the system on his own.

The Winemakers Who Believe Vineyard Sheep Provide ‘True Terroir’
Weed control and fertilizer in one.

Several Ways to Donate to the Caldor Fire Fund Help Victims of the Fire in El Dorado County
El Dorado needs help.

Why Lodi Is the Most Exciting US Wine Region You’ve Never Heard of
More experimentation going on. For instance…

Lodi is about to pick its first Assyrtiko
I, for one, can’t wait for Lodi Assyrtiko.

Prey Tell
Sheep are cute. Falcons are badass.

Time for Wine to Go Topless
Yep, time for capsules to die.

Becky Wasserman – A lengthy and entirely personal tribute
A really lovely remembrance from Robert Joseph.

A Farewell to Becky Wasserman, a Great Sage of Burgundy
Eric Asimov’s tribute is really nice, too.

Wine waste can now be used to create race car fuel
Vroom, vroom.

By the Bottle: Emily Huang
A window into the next generation.

The rise of Nebbiolo
A nice piece by Walter Speller.

Wind Change Saves Wineries from Fire
El Dorado will have a harvest. The question is how it will taste.

Hail wreaks havoc in the vineyards of DO Ribeiro in northwest Spain
Though it sounds like it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

Spanish Wine Industry Gets Political
Again. And again.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/29/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Family of Italian duke accused of tricking Sting fires back
For some reason, the (very old) Sting story resurfaced last week, and now… the shitstorm.

Finding Hidden Value in the White Wines of Bordeaux
As long as the oak is restrained.

Why You Should Consider Opulent White Wines from the Rhône Valley
Because…. delicious.

Great Wine Mentors
Some of the best highlighted here, for sure.

Au Revoir Becky, Burgundy Legend
Christy Canterbury says goodbye to Becky.

Why You Should Ask for a Sommelier’s Advice
The difference between a good wine experience and a great one.

Why Australia’s Heathcote Region is On the Rise
Ancient soils, small producers.

What Does ‘Midpalate’ Mean in Wine?
That section of your tongue, right… there.

The Hock Bottle and Fighting a Wine Stereotype
But the magnums are the coolest.

Swiss Canton Gives 100 Bottles of Wine to 100-Year-Olds
Now there’s a goal for ‘ya.

The (unknown) vineyard areas of Asia
And how they’re changing.

Wildfires Burn Wineries and Vineyards in Provence
More from France.

Hidden Giants
The names no one knows in wine.

1st Black women-owned winery tasting room in Alameda working to change the face of the industry
More of this, please!

Tahiirah Habibi on Making Wine Inclusive by Building Community
Yessssssss.

Appellations: Time for change?
Andrew, thoughtful as ever, and right on the money.

For These Oregon Winemakers, Smoke Taint Had a Silver Lining — Pink Wine
“Let’s all just make the best of this” reads one label.

Caldor Fire is throwing harvest into chaos in up-and-coming El Dorado wine country
Send them good thoughts, and buy their wines. They’re gonna need all the help they can get.

For France, American Vines Still Mean Sour Grapes
A slice, er, a drop, of history.

Sangiovese Struggles to Gain a Foothold
A tricky grape, to be sure.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/22/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Becky Wasserman, American Champion of Burgundy’s Small Wineries, Dies at 84
Truly a legend. RIP.

Can We Taste Colour?
The title belies the thoughtful nature of this piece.

How New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Upended the Wine World
The reinvention of a grape.

Wine in History: Another cup of aphrodisiac
Or a mouthful, as the case may be.

Climate change is affecting wine flavours
The grapes are off, indeed.

“We need to destroy this system & start over”
A very insightful look into what’s new in Rioja.

By the Bottle: Eric Asimov
Alfonso asks, Eric answers.

Finding Love (and Professional Rivalry) Among the Vines
Charming story.

From Screaming Eagle to Sine Qua Non, The History of Cult Wines in the U.S.
A few names missing from this list, but a good overview.

Caribou Bones and Burgundy
A nice reflection from Elaine Brown

Wine Drinkers Know Less, Don’t Care
These kinds of studies always need a grain of salt, but it’s always good to burst the bubble.

The Scandalously Poor Performance of Affordable American Wine
Agreed. But there are good reasons for this.

What is Whole Cluster Fermentation?
Meg Maker explains.

The Cork Closure Makes a Comeback
Roger Morris charts the rise and fall and rise.

The Man Waking Up Burgundy’s Elite
A Vosne-Romanee wine bar? Sign me up!

The Marselan Wine Grape Gaining Popularity In Bordeaux, China And Napa Valley
Thank global warming.

Wine in the Wolds: a tour of Yorkshire’s vineyards
The Yorkshire Wine Trail is not actually a trail, sadly.

Climate Change, Fermented Blueberries and Wine’s Existential Quandary
Plant cider trees in your vineyards?

Orange wine could be the next big thing from Argentina
Orange Torrontes, apparently, will not be a thing.

EPA Will Ban A Farming Pesticide Linked To Health Problems In Children
Excellent news.

Emiliana: “Everyone will be organic in the future, it’s just a matter of time”
From your lips to God’s ear. But how much time?

Canned wine is the future – so why is it so bad?
Only a matter of time, so to speak.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: the four sub-regions you need to know
An in-depth look.

Deadly wildfire hits vineyards in southern France
Not just Greece and California.

Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2021 | Wine Enthusiast
The annual fun list.

Fires Finally Reach California Wine Country
El Dorado in danger.

How Napa’s Cakebread winery absolved itself of starting one of California’s most destructive fires
Fire forensics in action.

We’re losing Rotundone’s peppery notes
But different clones might help?

Extreme Wine Report: Wine in Kabul
Slim pickins.

‘Super Taster’ Who Lost Sense of Smell Is Helping Italians Regain It
Resilience has many forms.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/15/20

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

California Drought: Wine Country Vineyard Struggles To Stay Afloat After Well Runs Dry
Tough times ahead for some.

Taxes, Tiers and Other Ways Prohibition Still Restricts U.S. Wine
Too many restrictions.

Natural Wine and the Debate Over ‘Healthy’ Alcohol
Hard to parse facts from wishful thinking.

Sweet Visciolata and the Fleeting Joys of Summer
What nostalgia tastes like. A beautiful piece.

The Enduring Appeal of Buttery Chardonnay
The wine geeks love to hate is still going strong.

Meet the wine world’s celebrity pruner
And his 4 principles. Very cool story.

There’s wine. Then there’s natural wine. Then there’s ‘zero-zero’ wine
The fringe within the fringe.

White Zinfandel, the Acid-Washed Jeans of Wine
It’s back, baby!

Delaware’s Burgeoning Wine Industry is at a Precipice
The threats are myriad.

It’s a Wine Store for Billionaires, But You Can Shop There Too
I always stop in when I’m in London.

Meet Manhattan’s New Guard of Wine Pros
This is a great story.

5 Must-Have Books for Every Wine Lover’s Library
An interesting list.

Pinotage, the World’s Most Divisive Wine
There are good ones to be had, for sure.

Climate Change Forces California Winemakers to Reconsider What Grapes Grow Where
Time for an update of the Winkler Index.

Move Over Goats. Cattle are the New Fire Fighters in Town
Interesting story.

Wine from Germany’s flood zone gives hope for future
Small hope is still hope.

Fires Threaten Greek Wine Revival
Just when things were getting good.

Colorado’s Ghost Towns Are Taking Over Instagram Thanks to Its Booming Wine Scene, Chic Bars, and Charming Hotels
That’s a helluva title line.

A Walk on Wine’s Wild Side
Not all those who wander are lost.

Do Low-Yield Vines Really Make Better Wines?
Science says no. So do most winemakers.

Wine scientists running studies to combat smoke exposure
We still need a solution.

Drought, frost, heat blamed for light Mendocino County wine grape crop
The locusts, so far, haven’t arrived.

‘A focus on quality’: Mexico’s wine industry bears fruit in revival of tradition
There are some good wines being made there.

LA’s Little-Known Winemaking History Dates Back 200 Years, And It’s Still Alive Today
Hollywood and Vine had vineyards.

Mark Tarlov, Hollywood Producer Turned Oregon Vintner, Dies at Age 69
A much beloved figure.

By the bottle: Anthony D’Anna
Another good drinking companion profiled.

A Tale of Two Vineyards
A really great article, and important for the times.

Challenging The Old Order
Tim Atkin muses.

Natural is Good; Natural and Socially Just is Better
Amen.

Champagne crisis bubbles up in Hamptons
Clutch your pearls.

Dry farming a vineyard: What it is, how to do it and why it exists
Lessons from Dominus.

A Healdsburg winery’s glitzy job contest promised $10,000 a month. It was a stunt – and it worked
Again.

28-Year-Old Wins Viral Wine Contest; Receives $10,000 Monthly Salary and Free Rent For A Year
A profile of one of the winners.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/18/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

The Most Important Grape You’ve Never Tasted
Good old Gouais Blanc.

Sonoma Wines That Pay Homage to the Rhône
Syrah from the Petaluma Gap.

Rediscovering Ancient French Grape Varieties
Yesssss!

Biodynamic Wine That Aligns With Sharing
More diverse voices.

How to Blind Taste Wine Like A Champion
Better with friends.

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Life of Vintner Jim Clendenen
Touching.

The Rise of the American-Style Red Blend
A good history lesson from Jeff Siegel.

White Wines Worth Putting in The Cellar
Don’t agree with all the specific suggestions, but yes, age your whites!

Climate change is affecting wine flavours
The Economist, on wine.

A Wine Worth Waiting For
Eric Asimov on Bordeaux 2005.

Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes
Interesting. If only every country would do this.

Destruction in the Ahr Valley
Horrific.

Flooding Devastates Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Damaging Wineries in Ahr
Spectator’s coverage.

Germany’s floods cover livelihoods in sludge
More coverage.

A Bolivian adventure
Jancis follows Nayan’s Bolivian work.

Mildew Threatens French Grape Harvest
It’s a serious problem.

Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country
This is also a serious problem.

Massive Change Proposed for Champagne
Bring on the tractors, they’re saying.

Judge refuses to throw out legal case over misleading wine labels
Wagners will have to deal with a class action in court.

Grape Contracts, Wildfire, and Smoke Exposure
Fallout, if you will, from fires.

California wine grower report alleges 2020 ‘predatory conduct’ in smoke rejections. Winery attorneys say there’s more to the story
More details.

Two Rods and a ‘Sixth Sense’: In Drought, Water Witches are Swamped
Because witchcraft will save us, right?

More ready to evacuate in Oregon as massive Bootleg Fire passes 340,000 acres
And we’re just starting what is “normally” fire season.

Why Do People Fall In Love With One Particular Wine?
The mysteries of brand loyalty explained.

Biden to Take on Big Wine
Blake Gray speculates on scrutiny.

California Winery Owner Arrested over Lobbying
Dirty business.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/11/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Fruits of Labor
A pretty deep look into some uncomfortable, but important, history.

What They’re Drinking in Tokyo
Uh, everything, it seems.

Non-vintage Is Timeless
Great story about innovation in Austria.

How Beaujolais Nouveau Won (And Lost) Generations of U.S. Drinkers
Going the way of Yellowtail.

Ancient wines are having a moment in Italy. Here’s why.
You’ve heard of ocean aging bottles. But this is ocean tempering grapes.

How Do Women Connect in a Changing Wine Industry?
Community.

3 Wine Professionals Share Their Career Shifts
Fun stories.

The Making of 100-Point Wines: Two California Chardonnays from an Iconic Winemaker
Virginie Boone talks with David Ramey.

Oregon’s Sparkling New Wine Chapter
Nice coverage of a burgeoning business.

From Savoie, White Wines That Refresh Like Mountain Air
Some of the best wines on the planet that few know about.

By the Bottle: DLynn Proctor
Alfonso asks, DLynn answers.

Shipping air across the Pacific
Jancis on the challenges of glass bottles and their carbon footprint.

How Lean, Racy Chablis Unlocked a Wine Life
How Jordan MacKay came to wine.

Burgundy 2021 so far – cool and damp
A report on the vintage.

Cooling reds aplenty
Jancis goes for low-alcohol reds.

South African Wine Industry Raises Alarm! Wine Producers Unable To Stay Afloat With Continued Alcohol Ban
Brutal.

Introducing the New Generation of South African Winemakers
Let’s hope these folks stay in business.

Inclusion – as urgent as fermentation
Another excellent article by Tshepang Molisana.

Still Life in Coteaux Champenois
More on Champagne without the bubbles.

A Pioneer of ‘Mountain Barolo’
The little village that could.

Why Austria is a Leader in the Natural Wine Movement
That photo is just missing a pitchfork.

Are Wines Getting Higher In Alcohol?
Yes.

Wine Is a Language. Do You Lose It When You Stop Drinking?
A nice personal story.

Thousands of Restaurants Lose COVID-19 Relief They Were Promised as Revitalization Fund Allowed to Dry Up
This f*cking sucks.

French Regions Are Fighting to Become the ‘World Capital’ of Wine
It’s like where is Amazon going to put its new HQ.

Tobacco giant Altria Group to sell wine business for $1.2 billion
The bigge$t new$ thi$ week.

Washington Winery Sale Raises Questions
Blake Gray’s take.

Sold! What The Ste. Michelle Sale Means for Washington’s Wine Industry
Sean Sullivan’s take.

A Toast to Women Wine Trailblazers on the East End
Some Long Island ladies.

Texas wines are coming of age, and the Hill Country offers grape expectations
Texas wine is a thing.

Behind America’s Unexpected Cool-Climate Wine Region, Michigan
Michigan wine is a thing, too.

Israel’s Negev Desert could help winegrowers survive climate change
Some interesting varieties grown there.

The Mission is getting a cool-kid dance party spot that serves hardcore natural wines
Tragically hip.

“Carbon Capture During Fermentation Could Make Wine a Negative-Emission Industry”
A very thoughtful look at winery carbon footprints.

As California wineries lose insurance, some fear this fire season will be their last
This is a very scary story.

Violent Storms Rip Through Italy’s Gattinara Region, Pelting Vines with Hail
Ouch.

Wine Demand is Turning Negative, Defying Good News
Rob is the market whisperer.

In Praise Of Assyrtiko
Peter Pharos charts some change.

In California, A New Strategy to Fight Grapevine-Killing Bacteria
Nice article on the work to combat Pierce’s disease.

Turning the Tables on Marcy Gordon
Another profile of a writer.

Napa tourism boom hampered by lingering COVID-19 impacts
It’s called a labor shortage. And it sucks.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/27/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

The Very Good, Very Hidden Value in Burgundy
Some obscure, and less expensive, names here.

Taste of freedom: a Kurdish winemaker’s journey from Manus Island to the Yarra Valley
Great story.

Wine History Mystery: The Case of the Holy Bone Luge and the King’s Missing Arm
Whackadoodle.

Italian Substitutes for Popular Wine Styles
Italy has everything.

The Glory of Aged Champagne
Oh yes. Age those suckers.

By the Bottle: Robert Camuto
Alfonso continues his series of profiles.

Why Certified Organic Wines Are Worth The Search
Jeff Siegel digs into whether they actually taste better.

One Step Beyond: Pix’s Paul Mabray on the “Golden Age” of wine online
What the future holds.

Cinsault Is Ready for Its Close Up
Love me some Cinsault. Get thee to Itata.

A wine-meets-heavy metal music magazine joins two (seemingly) separate worlds
Wine wants everyone.

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Gamay
A primer of sorts.

Draught wines: French vineyards rediscover the power of horses
Soft ground and great pictures.

No more virtual wine tasting – let’s get back to the vineyard
Amen, brother.

The Winds Beneath Your Wines
A hidden force.

2021 shaping up to be an exceptional harvest in Thailand
Screw wine dogs. I’m now moving on to winery elephants.

One in five South Korean wine drinkers now purchase wine online
Wow.

Booming Champagne could reach pre-Covid levels by year-end
Because what better to do than open some when you can hang out with people again?

Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute launches new inclusion effort
Progress.

Opinion: Reconciling the Racism of Rudolf Steiner
Very important to read.

One Of The Oldest Wine Producing Countries Growing Grapes In Conflict Zones; The Reemergence Of Armenia
Love me some Armenian wines.

French Oak: An Unreliable Memoir
A nice piece. Of wood.

Feet on the Ground for Ungrafted Vines
A bunch of “farmers” hanging out in… wait for it… Monaco.

By the Bottle: Robert Camuto
Alfonso interviews another thoughtful man.

Mexican-American Winemakers
Some names to know.

Chianti Classico caves in on subzones…
Plus news on Vino Nobile….

In Praise of Sauvignon Blanc – and Poodles
An interesting pairing, to be sure.

Coppola Made an Offer it Can’t Refuse
Analysis of the purchase.

NYC Restaurants Stuck With Thousands of Dollars in Unsold Wine as State Ends Takeout Alcohol Program
Brutal.

You plonkers! Daughter, 19, opens her father’s £2,000 vintage Petrus to make sangria at house party with her friends after it was saved for 17 years
Don’t leave your Petrus lying around, friends.

WoSA: ‘Industry deeply disturbed by alcohol ban’
Not again.

How the world’s priciest rosé, Clos du Temple, was officially put on the map
More than $200 per bottle….

Paul B. Lukacs, a specialist in 19th-century American literature at Loyola and wine columnist, dies
RIP, Paul.

The Supreme Court and Wine Shipping: Another Chance
Let’s hope they smack this one down.

Petrus wins trademark case in China
A good surprise.

How Unregulated Cannabis Is Threatening West Coast Wine Growers
Calling it unregulated is a stretch.

What They’re Drinking in Moscow
I could sit and drink in that Cafe Pushkin all day…

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/20/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

How Your Deceiving Eyes Can Change the Taste of Wine
Don’t buy those fancy colored wine glasses, says David Brown.

A Shop That Only Sells Orange Wine Just Opened in NYC
While I can’t wait to shop there, and hope she does well, this is quite……niche.

How Wine Brought Me In From the Outside
Great story of how someone fell in love with wine and found her place in it.

The One Wine of my Heart
Lovely piece.

Will Loïc Pasquet of Liber Pater turn Georgia into a fine-wine frontier?
The Georgians would tell you it’s already one.

‘We’d drink Yellowtail if the alternative was death’ says Wine Twitter
An instant classic.

The Darker Side of Rosé Wine
Come to the dark side.

Cava rules shake up could ‘massively increase consumer indifference’
Hysterical.

Cava’s Last Shot at Survival
And on a more serious note.

A Wine From Nowhere
They’re tasty (I say), but Eric Asimov says that isn’t enough.

Lord of the Gringets: An Appreciation
This is gutting news.

A Sommelier Shares Her Most Harrowing Wine Stories
Trust me, you want to read this one!

Washington Adds Two American Viticultural Areas
More names coming soon to a wine label near you.

Distorted, Bizarre Food Smells Haunt Covid Survivors
Super interesting story.

Blind Ambition: the film following Zimbabwe’s first “Wine Olympics” team
Can’t wait to see it.

Rioja can be golden too
Jancis enjoys some Viura.

A Very Affordable, Great-Tasting Substitute for Super Tuscan Wines
Chile overdelivers, for sure.

Shanghai police busts fake Penfolds and Bordeaux
News from on the ground.

The Differences Between Mountain and Valley Wines, Explained
A very quick primer for a steep learning curve.

Truce Called in Wine Tariff War
‘Bout Time.

Wine Industry Benefits From Resolution Of The Airbus, Boeing Trade Dispute
Even made NPR.

Celebrating Black-owned wineries and Black winemakers, a true rarity in the world of wine
Names to know.

Food & Wine Game Changers
A cool set of profiles.

Everyone Is Talking About Piquette—But What Is It, Exactly?
The PBR of wine.

How This Armenian Wine Company Is Disrupting the Wine Industry
Dunno about disruption, but they have some good wines.

Coravin launches preservation system for sparkling wine
They’ve been working on this for a long time. Cool to see it launched.

Does fugu sperm wine help men be ‘stronger’ and celebrate Father’s Day?
I honestly didn’t know this was a thing.

Napa wineries report off-the-charts demand for $500-plus tastings
Even the $950 ones.

What tourism downturn? Napa wineries report off-the-charts demand for $500-plus tastings
Esther has a more in-depth look.

Meet the youngest professional winemaker in the UK
Cool profile.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/13/21

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.

Chenin Blanc Finds Its Feet in South Africa
Amanda Barns goes prospecting.

Cold Fall and Arid Winter Conditions Wreak Spring Havoc in Some Vineyards
Climate change rears its head again…

Turning the Tables on Alder Yarrow
So, uh, I got interviewed.

By the Bottle: Alder Yarrow
Um, twice.

This Summer, Make It Chianti Classico
Chianti really has never been better.

Lush or Lean? Wine Pros on What their Favorite Tasting Terms Really Mean
Words, words, words.

Are We Entering the Post-Natural Wine Era?
Sigh.

Calling Mr. Natural — A Battle Cry
The riposte.

Tolerance v intolerance
REALLY interesting dustup on the topic of Biogenic Amines. Seriously. Read this.

The Wine Mavericks of California’s Central Coast
Some great picks in there.

Wine Lightens Up as Heavy Bottles Fall Out of Favor
But how many wineries have really made the change?

‘Turns out you can’t get away from it anywhere’: Inside the sexism that runs rife in the drinks industry
Need to keep talking about it until it’s gone.

Creating Change in California’s Food and Wine Scene
A profile of Maryam Ahmed.

New exhibit tracks the once unlikely rise of Oregon’s wine industry
Would be cool to see this.

The New Generation of Vintners Reviving Los Angeles’ Wine Heritage
Matt Kettmann profiles a few good names.

The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change
Every little bit helps! Eric Asimov goes deep into the subject.

Wineries Clash in Battle of the Cults
What’s in a name? Everything, apparently.

A Legend of the Vineyard
Many happy returns, Dr. Walker.

Meet the Millennial woman modernizing one of Napa’s most exclusive wineries
A profile of Maya Dalla Valle. Love the last line.

A Guide to the Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
The 101 for a big place.

Winemakers Collaborate With Weed Growers on New Cannabis Appellation Systems
Terroir is everywhere.

Wine Label Text: How Much is Too Much–and Too Little
Consumer opinions vs. professional

It’s Time to Stop Laughing Off Wines With Funny Names
Elin McCoy drinks for fun.

Why the Wine Industry Is Betting on Jermaine Stone
Nice profile from Dorothy Gaiter.

How Château Lafite Changed the World of Wine
One night in Hong Kong….

Inside Blaufränkisch’s Global Comeback
Please sir, can I have some more?

Rioja’s power struggle
Tough times to be a little producer

Why Etna wine is so hot right now
Hotter than Hansel.

Police Seize Grange In “Sting Of The Century”
224 people charged. Seriosly, this is like Spectre for wine

Will Chemical Damage Kill the Texas Wine Industry?
Brutal.

Hot Brands And Instagram Are Fueling Rosé Wine’s Phenomenal Growth Rate In The U.S. Market
And to think, once we used to have a rosé advocacy organization.

Why Bay Area wineries may eventually struggle to sell wine – even with a rise in tourism
Fire season has begun, says Esther Mobley.

Are Napa Valley Grape Prices Sustainable?
Limited supply suggests: yes.

Why New England wines are starting to get some serious attention
Terroir isn’t limited to the West Coast.

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