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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/10/19


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.

Al Gore tells wine industry to act on ‘global emergency’ of climate change
I don’t think they need to be told twice.

Are native grape varieties the key to Japan’s burgeoning wine industry?
I’m not sold on Muscat Bailey A, Melinda Joe.

The Man Who Invented Napa Cab
Blake Gray profiles John Shafer.

How Having Just 2 Alcoholic Drinks Affects Your Sleep, According To Science
Easy to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep.

This Mexican winery is rescuing heritage grapevines and revolutionizing ‘naked’ wines on the border
They are definitely on trend for America.

Leaving It All Behind for the Love of Nebbiolo
And it shall be called… Sparkletown. Right on.

English vignerons on frost alert
Warmer weather followed by chill means danger.

Dunne on Wine: Randy Caparoso gets to the root of what distinguishes Lodi
Mike Dunne interviews the region’s champion.

Climate change leaving Beaujolais in fear of being priced out of the market by cereal and milk
And the award for misleading headlines goes to…

Why 4 women – not the men – are Hong Kong’s ‘masters of wine’
Damn straight, ladies.

How Producers Dial In the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé
And it’s so much better than it used to be.

After Local Outcry, a Harvard-Owned Vineyard Project Faces Environmental Review
Don’t steal our water!

Watch Al Gore’s address to the Climate Change Leadership Conference in Porto
At least the first 10 minutes of it. Including his lauding of Pancho Campo ! Not hugely substantial.

English wine – in a hole over nomenclature?
Jancis says everyone should just agree on something.

Napa Plan Denounced as “Land Grab”
This is ridiculous. 

Porto Conference: Wine is the Canary in the Coal Mine
I don’t think Tuvalu agrees.

Suertes del Marques, an amazing winegrower in Tenerife, Spain
A nice profile with lots of tasting notes.

Raphaël Bartucci – The Humble Star of Cerdon
Wink Lorch begins her profiles of the Savoie.

Dom Pérignon’s Richard Geoffroy says acidity is not key to ageability in champagne
Dry extract instead…?

So you think you want to import Italian wine?
Alfonso does a reality check.

The LeBron Factor: Who Drives Wine Trends Today
The era of Instagram

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies
Shana Clarke reports from VinExpo.

Measuring the body’s response to aromas in wine
Fascinating stuff.

South Africa’s Winemakers Open a New Frontier in the Dragon Mountains
What a name for a region!

Why are sommeliers so influential?
Robert Joseph has got a pin to sell you.

The Noble Art of Wine Pretension
Musings by Oliver Styles

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94
Another pioneer gone.

Beyond glyphosate: French vineyards shift away from controversial weedkiller
As everyone should.