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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/2/19


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.

Outstanding in Her Field
Lady vineyard managers rule.

Why Californian wine will soon cost more in Beijing
Because… Trump.

It’s time to re-think single origin wines
Robert Joseph is good at radical thinking.

The Beginning of the End of the Old World Appellation System?
Mike Veseth has an interesting point of view.

Gator busts through kitchen window, breaks bottles of wine
They’re big, mean, and coming for your wine.

Japan’s Sake Makers Look to Wine to Define Craft Brews by Region
But it doesnt make much sense with sake.

Thanks to Drones, French Wine Tastes Better
Yes but can you taste the drone influence?

How Much Americans Spend On Wine, What They Buy, In What Container– And More
Thomas Pellechia on stats. 

Chardonnay finds its perfect balance
Elaine Brown spins the tale.

Somms in the Sky: How Airlines Are Taking In-Flight Wine Service to the Next Level
But not for everyone. Only rich people.

How do the last four Bordeaux vintages compare?
Jancis offers her thoughts.

The Role of Major and Minor Grapes in Wine Blends
Sommeliers discuss.

This Wine was Brought to You by Bugs
Thank you microbes.

The Grapes That Could Change Everything
New hybrids show promise in Michigan

Why More California Winemakers Are Embracing Varietal Diversity
Because life’s too short….

The Finger Lakes is at a tipping point

Strength on strength.

Velles Vinyes: DOQ Priorat releases the most stringent “old vines” definition in Spain & maybe the world
75 years is officially old.

The Other Cabernet You Should Care About
Francly speaking…

California Winemakers are Going to Extremes in Search of Freshness
And thank heavens.

Are the neo-Prohibitionists winning the debate about drinking?
Scary if true.

How climatic patterns in the Indian and Pacific Oceans affect Australian wines
All about temperature.

Merlot versus marijuana: Wine Country feuds over measure to grow pot
It’s agriculture, say proponents.

Apples to grapes: The path to the Lake Chelan AVA
The story of a little known Washington AVA.

Smoke taint reemerges as big threat for North Coast wine industry
Tough times for many growers.

Is there a future for half-bottles?
Demand falling, says Jason Haas.

South African Wine Farmer in Land Dispute Is Shot Dead
An inexcusable tragedy.