Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/5/23

Hello, and 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.

Ed Woodward’s transfer to wine: ‘Manchester United feels a world away’
Interview by Guy Woodward (no relation).

A drink with… Emily Wines MS
The Decanter US interview.

Black wine professionals in Sonoma County share their stories of grit and grace
Names to know.

‘Every year we sell out’: Why this under-the-radar red wine is suddenly in vogue
Cabernet Franc gets its moment in the spotlight.

Bordeaux court convicts suspects in major wine fraud case
Prison and paying.

Donald Hess, who revolutionized Napa Valley wine tourism with art, dies at 86
Another pioneer gone.

Napa Valley wine pioneer Donald Hess dies aged 86
Decanter obit.

Andy Erickson has been called a “rock star” winemaker, but he’s too busy to listen to the flattery.
Tom Hyland interviews.

Reeze Choi, top Hong Kong sommelier, prepares to take on Paris
The preparation regime.

Welcome to Georgia’s Dahlonega Plateau AVA
No, not THAT Georgia. The one closer to home.

Brazil’s Altos de Pinto Bandeira becomes first DO exclusively for sparkling wines in the New World
First in the New World.

What’s the most useless glass bottle? One that never leaves the winery.
As usual. Jason Haas has it arights.

Switching Ukraine’s Mines to Vines
An important effort.

Jean-Luc Colombo on Cornas, the ‘hidden treasure’ in the Rhône
Hidden may be overstating the case.

Growing together: Rheinhessen wine’s power couple
Great article.

Meet the new grand crew of California wine
An… interesting list.

The bourgeois war on French wine
Tough times in Bordeaux.

Uncovering the hidden gems of Bolgheri
Hard to see for all the glitz and glamour.

Can wineries reuse their glass bottles? This woman thinks so…
A nice profile of Annie le Dneuff

Climate change has already come for this vineyard. But the wines don’t taste like you’d expect
A look at Prima Materia.

Storms are another disaster for Sonoma County farmworkers who call for more aid
We have to take care of the people who farm.

We Need To Talk About Wine Talk
A discussion about language.

How Xige Estate has global ambitions for premium Chinese Ningxia wine
Richard Siddle on Chinese wine.

Giuseppe Benanti, Who Helped Spark Mount Etna’s Wine Renaissance, Dies at 78
A giant of Etna passes.

Do green credentials sell wine?
Barely, says Jamie Goode (albeit with a decidedly UK POV)

‘We’re One of the Very Few Winners in a World Full of Losers’: How English Wine Is Benefiting From Climate Change
Happy until they keep rising.

Tiny wine options find home in B.C.’s market
Tiny packaging, not tiny wineries.

California farmworkers cope with wildfire smoke, pesticides, roaches and rodents, survey says
We can do better than this.

Wildfires in Chile rip through historic vineyards and destroy wineries
Tragic. Please buy Itata and Bio Bio Wines.

The Valuable and Unanticipated Lessons Ballet Taught Me About Wine
Alfonso puts on the tights.

Is Prohibition returning?
New Year, Neo Prohibitionists.

Margins? What Margins? The Big Squeeze in Winegrowing 2023
And this without Europe’s governmental subsidies.

Mexico’s Hot New Wine Region is a History Lover’s Dream
Guanajuato, not Baja.

Wine giant E. & J. Gallo fined after wastewater discharged into California river
Ick.

A luxurious new wine bar hopes to revive a neglected corner of downtown S.F.
Another place to sit and sip.

This fizzy red wine conjures up an Italian vacation
And who doesn’t need an Italian vacation right about now?

Reports Say Young Drinkers Are Over Wine. What Do Winemakers Think?
Ask people in the bubble?

Why ‘Warm Days, Cool Nights, And Special Soils’ Aren’t Attracting Young People To Wine
Messages that matter.

For Chinese Wine Lovers, It’s a Whole New World
A view from the local market.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/29/23

Hello, and 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 American Wine Industry Has an Old People Problem
What happens when your old customers die and young ones don’t want you?

Does Sound Affect Our Perception of Taste? These Wine Experts Think So
Everything does.

How a master sommelier couple built a wine bar with a diverse following
A very pleasant place to drink.

The politics of Zin
Zinfandel Birthers!

Money, profit and financial sustainability
A thoughtful piece, as usual, from Pauline Vicard.

Price fixing in the UK
A very detailed look at subtle inequalities in the playing field.

Is South African Sauvignon Blanc on the Precipice of Global Demand?
Since CA can’t make enough…

Bourbon, Biodiversity, and the Quest to Save America’s Oak Forests
Barrel shortage looming?

Apprehension abounds in U.S. wine industry
Troubled times ahead, many think.

2023 update on Lodi vineyards finally getting their due by being recognized by Historic Vineyard Society
Excellent news.

The Changing Landscape of Wine Education
A survey of the offerings.

Mexican Wine? Bien sûr!
Jay McInerney goes Baja.

Natural Wine From the “California Alps”?
A cool project. Literally.

Is Fine Wine in Sustainable Packaging A Contradiction?
Let’s hope not.

Is It Time to Re-Think Fine Wine?
Thinking about the thought piece.

Why old vines matter
Lots of reasons.

Winemakers Are Poised to Lose Another Vital Tool to Climate Change
Climate change isn’t just about hotter days.

Seven Wine Trends to Watch
Felicity Carter picks them.

Fifth-generation winemaker and his wife part ways with Vietti
Not really a surprise to anyone.

COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on the Wine Industry Sets the Stage for 2023 Opportunities
4 Brief takes.

These BIPOC Wine Podcasts Are Changing the Narrative
More diverse voices.

How insulated is the fine wine market to macro-trends?
All the people who profit from it say it’s going well.

Why Vinho Verde Is the Up-and-Coming Portugal Wine Region to Know
Says Vogue.

Burgundy wine fans queue weeks ahead for new releases
Wait. You can stand on line to buy DRC?

The wine industry has a new healer. She fixes ‘the way things flow’ in vineyards
Yes, but can she stop red blotch?

These Wineries Are Embracing the Spiritual Power of Crystals
Maybe the crystals can?

California’s largest wine company is laying off 355 employees
Not quite the same reason as Google’s layoffs.

As Climate Change Drives Up Temperatures, Winemakers Climb Higher
Take me higher.

Austria finally fell in love with red wine. It wants you to do the same
I heart Blaufränkisch.

Sicilia Vineyards a Yuba City oasis for wine
Yuba City!

The ‘bugs, microbes and wild yeast’ of Japan’s umami wine master
Love the headline. The wine sounds interesting.

Up and coming wines from Samaria and the Jordan Valley
Israeli wines can be excellent.

Why one of Sonoma’s best wineries hired a winemaker who’d never made wine before
A nice profile of Jasmine Hirsch.

Millennials and Zoomers Aren’t Drinking Wine. A New Report Says the Industry Needs to Do More to Attract Them.
The Robb Report weighs in.

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The Wine Industry is Headed For Self-Inflicted Decrepitude

They say that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. It seems like we’re in need of a corollary these days: you can show the wine industry signs of its demise year after year, but you can’t make people believe it.

Each year, Rob McMillan, head of the Wine Division of Silicon Valley Bank releases his State of the Wine Industry Report. It’s chock full of interesting data points about how the American wine industry feels, how business has been for the past year, and how the fundamentals of the wine economy have been performing.

The latest version of the report was released last week, and simply put, the news is not great. There are plenty of other commentators out there who have spent time picking apart the extremely detailed analysis that McMillan and his colleagues have done.

Here’s the bottom line for those without the time to read much, or who were just excited to click on an image featuring wine and zombies: two worrying trends continue unabated in the American wine industry.

The first is the trajectory of negative volume growth. While some (small) parts of the industry are growing, other (much, much larger) parts of the industry are shrinking, averaging out to fewer sales last year than the year before, and fewer sales next year than this year.

The continued weakness of wine at lower price points adds a particularly distressing edge to this trend. Wines between $8 and $15 are typically the wines a) most readily available and b) what many entry-level drinkers can afford to buy.

The second, even more terrifying trend is the stated lack of interest in wine by younger adults that are about to enter their prime drinking and buying years. Given the opportunity, younger adults of drinking age say they are more likely to reach for alcoholic drinks that they believe are more fun, less expensive, and healthier for them (think White Claw).

The writing on the wall. Courtesy of the Silicon Valley Bank 2023 State of the Wine Industry Report

It doesn’t matter what you’re selling. If the graph of your customers’ inclination to buy your product looks like the one above, you can only come to one logical conclusion: your product isn’t relevant to younger generations.

Which means you have a marketing problem.

Of course, Rob McMillan has been telling that to the wine industry for several years.

The Wine Industry is Headed For Self-Inflicted Decrepitude
The once and future customers of the American wine Industry.

But for all the facts and figures, all the stone-cold numbers pointing to the fact that the US wine industry is headed towards an unhappy future, one thing in particular in this year’s State of the Wine Industry report scared me more than any other, and truly seemed like the first dreadful knell announcing a future that none of us want to see.

You see, McMillan hasn’t been merely content to shout at the wine industry each year about how they weren’t connecting with new generations of wine drinkers. He actually tried to do something about it.

McMillan and a bunch of other industry heavyweights got together, solicited pledges of $1 million and built a plan to create a national wine marketing board using the same kind of government funding that brought us the “Got Milk?,” or “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” campaigns.

In order for that plan to go forward, McMillan needed producers representing more than 67% of the wine industry to raise their hands and agree to pay a small tax in order to fund the effort on an ongoing basis.

But some of the wine industry’s biggest players said no. And after a year of lobbying, cajoling, arguing, and pleading, McMillan and his colleagues have given up.

That, my wine loving friends, is the most terrible news I have heard about the wine industry in a very long time.

The guy with the boat and the life preserver was sitting right there, and the swimmer, barely keeping his head up, between choking on gulps of seawater, said, “Nah, I’m fine,” and waved him off.

It’s hard to wrap my head aroun how the wine industry believes things are going to turn out when it seems content to do the same things it’s always been doing even as the market for wine weakens, sales drop, and a whole generation of drinkers builds loyalty with other beverages.

The biggest buyers of wine right now, the Baby Boomers, are dying. And those that aren’t dying are busy asking themselves whether they really need to buy any more wine, because they’re not entirely sure they’re going to be able to drink all the bottles they have in the time they have left.

If the wine industry can’t figure out how to appeal to the generation that’s going to replace them, then there’s really only one thing they can hope for. But who in their right mind wants to actually wish for a zombie apocalypse?

The Wine Industry is Headed For Self-Inflicted Decrepitude

If it doesn’t wake up and smell which way the wind is blowing, the American Wine Industry is soon going to get the customers it deserves.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/8/23

Hello, and 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.

After a 17-year battle, Napa’s most controversial vineyard is going to an unexpected owner
The Halls take the tax writeoff instead of fighting the county.

In: Light Reds. Out: TBD.
Jason Wilson calls his trends.

Buying Influence in the Wine World
The many many ways.

China to fast evolve beyond ‘safe’ Bordeaux blends
Call it Phase Two.

Wine Labels and their Discontents
Mike Veseth on ingredient labeling.

‘Murder Mountain’ Makes Killer Pinot Noir
Humboldt wine. It’s a thing.

Can Wine Beat The Odds In 2023?
Strong headwinds on that island that used to be part of the EU.

Police seize 300 bottles of Champagne in raid
Nothing quite like drinking bubbly whilst shooting your crossbow.

The Wine Viking at Home in Sicily
The wandering Dane settles down.

‘Wine is so Latino, it hurts’: What it means to be a Latino vintner in a white-dominated field
Great article.

Wineries Take Role as Forest Guardians
Plant more trees.

The Legacy of Luciano Sandrone
RIP.

Barolo Icon Luciano Sandrone Dies at 76
The Spectator obit.

What Is the Future for American Wine Négociants?
Bright, it seems.

Deere & Co. will allow farmers to repair their own equipment
Sounds esoteric, but this is a big deal.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Peter Bell — A ‘Gentle Titan’ in the Finger Lakes
Mr. Finger Lakes.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Remy Drabkin — A Universal Drive for Holistic Equity
I am happy to know about her now.

South Australia wine producer loses $1m worth of grapes in floods
At the wrong time, they’re devastating.

Older generation in France blamed for domestic wine lull
Blame grandmere.

Profiles in wine: Shauna Rosenblum reflects on a winery childhood; being the first woman winemaker at Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs winery
The lady of Lytton Springs.

The Sad Decline of the Queen of New York Wine Stores
More on the slide to decrepitude.

Get to Know Germany’s Booming Natural Wine Scene
Thats schwefelfrei to you!

‘Groundbreaking’: the advantage of using paper wine bottles in Japan
They don’t break when the ground shakes.

Why 2021 Burgundy will be an unusual vintage
There ain’t much of it.

How Low Yields Are Spurring Texas Winemakers’ Creativity
But don’t ask Wine Enthusiast how they taste.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/1/23

Happy New Year! And 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.

Wine’s Attitude Towards Altitude
Taking liberties with “alpine”

Grieving in Wine Country: How Wine Brought One Man Back from the Dead
Short but poignant.

Amid a winter storm, vineyards workers picked frozen grapes for ice wine
There’s one nice thing a bomb cyclone is good for.

A Long History of Sonoma County Sparkling Wine
A nice primer from Virginie Boone

It was the wine world’s buzziest online club. Can it recover from bankruptcy?
Nice reporting from Esther Mobley on this saga.

Drink In the Unbridled Creativity of Québec’s Natural Wine Scene
Sans soufre Marquette anyone?

Whither bordeaux?
Jancis runs down the recent news and suggests some favorites.

Our Legacy Harvested Brings More People of Color to the Wine World
Cool program.

2022: In Memoriam
Lots of pioneers lost last year.

Sonoma Wine Leader Bob Benziger Passed Away Peacefully December 23, 2022
Including Bob.

Healdsburg’s Rack & Riddle at epicenter of sparkling wine trend
Not so much a trends as a boom.

The Existential Crisis of Bordeaux’s Small Grapegrowers
Being told to pull out their vines.

Price, quality and the problem of wine cultism
Trophies and obscurities.

These were the 10 most notable wine deals of 2022
The big transactions.

Wineries Of The Future Had Better Go Digital, Says The Chief Growth And Experience Officer Of Vintage Wine Estates
Jessica Kogan knows of what she speaks.

These elite Napa estates are releasing wines from a fire-ravaged year. Do they taste smoky?
More optimists in Napa than I would have guessed.

Missouri scientist Charles Valentine Riley saved the Champagne industry
Entomologist to the rescue.

Stressed Out Vines Could Make for Happier Drinkers, According to Science
We’ll need some air quotes around the words “stressed out”

Sta. Rita Hills Is More Than Just Pinot-Land
Matt Kettmann reports.

The World’s Richest Man Is Now A French Wine Producer
Luxury-goods magnate Bernard Arnault takes the lead.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/25/22

Hello and 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. It was something of a light week, being the week of Christmas, but there were some interesting stories nonetheless.

How Old Vines field trip showed the way forward for modern viticulture
Caring for the old ones.

Christmas Wine
Be a bore, says Pharos.

Familia Torres campaigns for a European returnable bottle scheme “in less than 3 years’ time”
We need these big guns committing to things like this.

The London mead maker exploring the terroir of bees
Good mead is glorious.

Profiles in wine: Barry Herbst, Wine Buyer, Bottle Barn
In the trenches.

Murrieta: The White Star of Rioja
One of the white stars.

€2m of ‘fake Champagne’ confiscated from producer over fraudulent practises
Playing it fast and loose.

America’s Wine Importers, Directors And Sommeliers Can’t Wait To Drink More Of These Wines In 2023
Lots of sparkling wine, old Rioja, and more.

Bubbles (What Else?) to Ring In the New Year
Eric’s annual bubbly column.

Wine Is Getting Pricier Thanks to a Logistical Nightmare
Hey wine industry, we made WIRED magazine.

More sweet wines and fewer pinot noirs? What climate change could mean for wine lovers
The NZ point of view.

The Vineyard Falconer: How Trained Birds Protect Wine Grapes
Just cool.

The evolution of Australian Chardonnay
And evolve it has.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/18/22

Hello and 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.

Central Texas vineyard owner pleads guilty to misdemeanor counts in Capitol insurrection
A wine not to buy.

On The Trail Of Peruvian Wine
Very interesting.

The Blaufränkisch summit: getting to grips with this fabulous variety in the Austrian alps
Jamie tastes some good ones.

Bordeaux Grower Takes Merchants to Court Over Excess Profit. Where Might This Lead?
Hmm. Doesn’t seem like this is a regulated market.

Where are the world’s oldest wines?
Just in case you are interested.

Consumers Weigh in on Ingredient Labels for Wine
They don’t care.

Norwegian restaurants the latest target of fine wine thefts
Lock your cellars!

The Rhône Valley Bets Big on White Wine
Because…. climate change.

Money on tap for Black wine producers, entrepreneurs
A good cause.

Winc and Sherry Lehmann: Two Very Different US Retailers in Trouble
A detailed look.

Remembering d’Arry Osborn, a South Australian Wine Legend
RIP

The wine industry needs to move into the 21st century
Slowly but surely.

California’s Jackson Family Wines sues insurer over $430 million in wildfire damage claims
Wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of KJ lawyers.

Is the Carmel Coast California’s Next Pinot Noir Star?
Early days.

The Year’s Best Books on Wine (and Whisky)
Eric’s annual recommendation.

Thailand’s Secret Wine Region Is a Lush, Grape-Scented Paradise
Who doesn’t like wine + elephants?

What does 2023 hold for fine wine?
Hard times, methinks.

“Round” Wine Has Lost Its Edge
I see what you did there.

Nutrition facts will soon appear on some wine bottles, and they might surprise you
Soon-ish.

Man accused of fine wine Ponzi scheme faces extradition to the US
Yet another wine investment scam. Will we ever learn?

Fiji Water owners just bought one of Napa Valley’s most beloved tasting rooms
Another corporate buyout.

Chasselas: a Swiss speciality that is peak perfection
When it’s good, it’s good. And otherwise…

Global heating helps turns icy Sweden into unique wine-making territory
And not just ice wine.

This 2-woman winery produces varietals you may not have heard of
Mmmm. Valdiguié.

Has Wine Country become too expensive for its own good?
Many would say yes.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/11/22

Hello and 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.

What You Need to Know About Romanian Wine
Love me some Feteasca Neagra.

Tropical vineyards put India on the wine map
And soon they’ll be traded publicly.

Trentodoc Makes Mountains out of Molehills
Great wines, but sounds like a marketing change needs to be made.

Bordeaux stages biggest wine protest in decades after plunging sales to China
The view from China.

Bordeaux winemakers protest and seek aid to pull up vines
The view from Europe.

All the wines served at President Biden’s state dinner with Emmanuel Macron
Vicarious fun.

Napa vineyard sales are usually secret. So why was this $34 million deal so public?
Because the market is slowing, says Esther Mobley.

Winners and Losers in New Consumer Study on Nutritional and Ingredient Wine Labeling
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

‘It’s a huge win for diversity’: Michelin named this Napa sommelier the top in the state
A well-deserved honor.

A Case Study of Iconic Napa Valley Wineries with a Change in Ownership and their Women Winemakers
Nice to see the percentage of female winemakers rise!

DTC Lawsuits Are Failing to Reach Supreme Court Resolution
Much gnashing of teeth.

Champagne Producers Rebel Against Environmental Reverse
Glad someone is objecting.

Is ‘borderless’ wine the future?
Taste trumping terroir?

Iconic NYC wine store Sherry-Lehmann may close after 88-year run: sources
This is the NY Post, however.

Turning the Tables on Brian Freedman
A conversation with the author.

The Most Memorable Wines of 2022
Eric’s best-of list.

Andrew Jefford: ‘Drinking cheap wine need not be a cheap experience’
As thoughtful as ever.

The ancient technique of marine wine making
Not bottles, grapes!

How to Spend 36 Food and Wine-Filled Hours in Lodi
Get stuck!

‘Severe headwinds’ forecast for fine wine market
But we’re not exactly sure which direction they’re blowing.

Toast To The Holidays With Wines By Black Vintners
Some names to buy from.

Choosing the right beverage this holiday season
Andre Mack on NPR.

Ancient vines, extraordinary wines
Cypriot wines.

Mac McDonald’s Outsized Impact on the Black Wine Community
A nice profile of a California wine pioneer.

Is Los Angeles the True Birthplace of American Wine?
Birthplace of California wine, to be sure.

Switzerland’s Most Exciting Wines Are Finally Coming to the U.S.
Excellent news. But can we afford them?

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/4/22

Hello and 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 Eye-Roller’s Guide to the 2022 Wine Enthusiast Holiday Catalog
My favorite link this week. Just what you need.

Winemakers hate this tool. But it’s my go-to wine gift anyway
Nothing wrong with it. Especially for the arthritis challenged.

The Growing Importance of Vintage in Cava
Time and terroir begin to matter.

Have the original Super-Tuscans stood the test of time?
Apparently so.

Is White Lotus the New Sideways?
Seems like I gotta check this one out.

Talking Frankly about Ungrafted Vines
Franc-ly.

Turning “Mines to Vines” — Minefields into Vineyards in Ukraine
Now there’s a cause we can get behind.

Uncovering the story behind Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne
Great bubbles.

New limits on Etna to control invasive investment
Invasive investment, now that’s a turn of phrase.

‘Really a cause for alarm’: Wineries urged to go digital as tasting room traffic declines
Post-pandemic travel hangover.

The Stealthy Rise of White Wine
More diversity in drinking.

Jamie Goode: In praise of the Old Vine Project
It’s more than a good thing.

Thomas Price is Teaching a New Generation of Sommeliers
First African American Master Sommelier.

Outlook Hazy for Wine Industry Through the Holidays and into 2023
Lots of unknowns.

The Prisoner Wine Co. says it’s reforming its problematic imagery. Is it enough?
Interesting changes. Are they just jail-washing?

What does a 160-year old wine taste like? A historic event at Marqués de Riscal has the answer
Heck of a tasting.

Winc Wine Club Files for Bankruptcy One Year After Going Public
Not a surprise.

Over 40,000 fake Lafite and Penfolds wines uncovered in Fujian
Seems like one of these stories each month.

An art history of Château Mouton Rothschild wine labels, from Lucian Freud and Niki de Saint Phalle to Peter Doig
Not all of them.

Who Are the “Wine Jockeys” Pouring Pét-Nat for the Club Kids?
Cue the strobe.

Champagne’s Backtrack to a Greenwashed Future
Disappointing.

Navigating the Winery Workplace with an Invisible Disability
A nice piece.

How do so-called alternative wine packagings compare?
A detailed consideration.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/27/22

Hello and 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.

Fraud Trial Roils Bordeaux
Damning evidence.

Consumer groups obtain TTB commitment to issue rulemakings on mandatory alcohol labeling
Ingredient labeling may be coming whether anyone likes it or not.

How one diversity advocate is helping shape wine industry
A nice profile.

France drinks lowest amount of red wine in a decade
Not a good sign.

20 Minutes With: New Krug Champagne President Manuel Reman
A young, new face.

The Green Heart of Italy: Umbria
Big and red, too.

Italy’s Unexpected New Hub for High-Quality Riesling
Rising star.

New Ways to Future Proof Viticulture – In Conversation with Antonio Graça
An interesting conversation.

Château Lafite Rothschild Debuts Its First New Wine Label in More Than a Century
Almost affordable.

Analysis: Spiralling costs are blowing wine buying rules ‘out of the water’
Inside baseball.

Blind Tasting Wine With The Most Famous Wine Consultant In The World
Something of a pean, but a good profile.

Wine Country is less kid-friendly than ever. Here’s why
A crying shame.

A Family Wine Estate Lost While Dealing With Father’s Alzheimer’s
An interesting back-story to very good wines.

Hybrid vines: In from the cold
An impressively extensive article.

Language matters
Grand Cru means something only in certain places.

Is Zero-Alcohol Wine, ‘Wine’? And Why Does it Matter?
It’s complicated, either way.

The Most Important Wine in the World
A lovely recollection.

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