Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/27/19

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.

Why the increasing retail availability of wine might not be such a good thing
Dave McIntyre does thought experiments.

The Natural Wine Movement Is Gaining Ground in Colorado
High elevation naturalistas.

Direct Sales Alters US Wine Market
$3 Billion and counting.

Obstacles Emerging Wine Regions Must Overcome
Michelle Williams on the marketing challenges.

Stopping China’s Flood of Fake Wine
Jim Boyce investigates.

Winegrowers instructed on ‘future-proofing’ Napa wine in the digital age
Paul Mabray offers his, as usual, very salient thoughts

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: The Vine Whisperer
Farming phenom.

The Lost Wine Consumer of 2019
Rob McMillan has some sobering thoughts.

The stockbroker who made wine pricing transparent
The man behind Liv-Ex.

Sicily rediscovers six indigenous grape varieties previously thought to be extinct
Ooooh. Must taste!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Finds Its Balance
Eric Asimov digs below the stones.

The Wine That Blew Up Pompeii
Vino Vesuvio

In praise of lighter vintages
Jancis on potential.

How Two Distinct Styles of Cabernet Are Duking It Out for Napa’s Love
Sara Schneider calls the contest.

Donkey and Goat at 15: California Natural Wine Pioneers Take Stock
A nice interview.

Women triumph at this year’s WSET awards
No surprise.

Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW honoured with WSET Lifetime Achievement Award
First American woman with an MW gets some recognition.

Seeking value among Burgundy’s 2017s
Jancis goes shopping.

The Irreplaceable Listener: the importance of listening and self-doubt
Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka gets personal.

How Social Media Stars Shake Up the Wine Market
Driving traffic.

The Wine Glass: Form, Function, & Fragility
Kelli White doing her usual yeoman’s work.

Tasmanian wine producers look to a warmer future
Global warming helping here, too.

Understanding the Role of Sugar in Wine
Great article.

Prosecco Producers Accused Of Adulterating Their Wine
The latest on the scandal.

Orange Wine is Taking Over But What is It?
When Newsweek is writing about it…

Inside a Brazilian Chapel Made Out of Wine
Where to pray.