Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/4/19

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.

Silicon Valley’s Rhys Vineyards to pay $3.7M to settle regulatory action on Mendocino County irrigation ponds
Uh oh. This looks quite bad.

Why Napa Valley Needs to Start Talking About Climate Change
Dan Petroski knows of what he speaks.

Predicting the Future of Rosé Wine
Spoiler: up and up and up.

Chardonnay Arose Through Inbreeding
Slightly sensationalist headline.

What somms are for
Jancis provides some perspective.

Drones, Sensors, Satellites and Cameras: New tools for managing a vineyard for sustained production
It’s getting high-tech.

Ribera del Duero to shine a light on their whites
Miquel Hudin reports.

Central Otago goes greener
Progress is progress.

Why it pays to buy crus bourgeois
Jancis says you don’t always get what you pay for.

Wineries heed cautionary lessons after surviving Nuns fire
Be prepared.

The Woman Who Started A Viticulture Revolution In Israel
Catherine Todd introduces us to Michal Akerman

Get your taste buds ready for neolithic winemaking
Orange wine in South Africa.

Quantifying the Parkerization of the wine world
David Morrison digs into the data.

New rules to protect workers when wildfires’ smoke fills the air
Better late than never.

Is “great” wine not enough?
Who knew you could get a caviar bump in Napa?

When will a wine label backfire?
When it is tone deaf.

Larkfield’s Ancient Oak Cellars starts anew after Tubbs fire
From crisis, opportunity.

Cool Climate is Dead in Old Europe
Stuart likes to make a stir, but the data is shocking.

The rise and rise of Chinese wine
And rise, and rise and rise…

Protecting vineyards with drones
But the battery life ain’t pretty…

UC researchers probe mystery vine collapse
It ain’t the bugs.

This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug is Killing Off Vineyards
It is the bugs. The Spotted Lantern fly debacle.

Wine Storage Thief Gets Prison
Liquid handcuffs?

Pressing matters for SA’s wine industry
Tough business times.

High-Altitude Argentine Winemaker Is Profiting From Peso’s Fall
Though if profitability hinges on exchange rates…

Diamond Creek Owner Adelle ‘Boots’ Brounstein Dies at 92
RIP to one of Napa’s big personalities.

Santa Barbara wine has never been more thrilling — or more complicated
Esther goes south for a while.