Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/23/17

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on 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.

Amazon Wine is shutting down
A little hiccup with that Whole Foods acquisition

Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines
That freedom was an illusion.

The Women Making the South African Wine Scene ‘Less Pale and Male’
Little bits of progress

Next challenge in Wine Country fires: colossal cleanup before winter rains
I can’t imagine.

Thieves Steal Grapes from Swiss Vineyard
A special place in Hell.

Sonoma County faces long road to recovery following devastating Wine Country fires
Let’s get it started.

How to Become a Sommelier: Here’s the Training and Experience You’ll Need
Simple steps, really…?

Undocumented immigrants face challenges after Wine Country fires
Life just got a lot harder for some.

The world’s most expensive wine club costs $15,600 a year
Because, why not?

Wildfires Spared the Vineyards, but the Wines Could Suffer
Eric’s estimates of affected grapes are much higher than mine.

California’s Wine Industry Begins Picking Up Pieces After Fire Damage
Elin McCoy’s numbers are closer to mine.

Crimean Winemakers Look to Shed the Rot Gut Label
Beyond Massandra.

A $41 Glass of 150-Year-Old Wine Is the Wild Future of Vineyards
Climate change forces grape change

Fighting the Fires in Wine Country
Some phenomenal photos here.

Lebanon’s Wine Industry Is Ripe With History
Drink more Lebanese wine!

Thousands of Jobs Depend on the Wine Industry’s Uncertain Recovery
Serious business.

Snopes actually has to tell people the Wine Country fires weren’t started by ‘Mexican drug cartels’
Fake news is the new spam.

Why red wine drinkers may have the best sex, according to science
AND it’s good for your heart.

As Fires Move On, Wine Country Wonders Whether Immigrants Will, Too
Housing being a primary concern.

Deadly fires hit wine regions in Spain and Portugal
CA isn’t the only place burning.

While Northern California Burned Fires Threatened Lives, Property, Vineyards And Wine In Iberia
More on Spain and Portugal’s fires.

World Wine Tasting Championships 2017
I can’t wait to see the documentary.

The wine glass ceiling
Ladies rock.

A New Era for White Wine
Make it brown, first.

Wine clubs: what’s your tribe?
Sarah Abbott on the why of wine clubs.

This Man Is Suing an Airline For Serving Him Sparkling Wine Instead of Champagne
And he DOESN’T work for the CIVC!?!?

The new force in wine
Robert Joseph and the ladies of Russia

All Right, What Would You Have Said?
Professor Matt Kramer, at least for a day.