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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/18/19


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.

Steps Napa Wineries Can Take to Address Climate Change
Dan Petroski continues his thinking.

Meet Brenae Royal, the young, black female farmer behind one of Sonoma’s most important vineyards
The technical term is bada**, I believe.

The White Wine Emoji Will Need to Continue to Age
Disappointing sighs all around.

Turning the Tables on Allison Levine
Interviewing the writer and publicist.

Ultra-Cool California Wine Region Becomes Hotbed for Albariño
Or a warm bed at least.

How wine world has changed since poor 2017 global harvest
Hotter still.

Anson: Irish influence in Bordeaux
Jane does history.

Strange Tales: Gunpowder and ‘The Urine of a Wine Drinking Man’
Without wine, no gunpowder?

Rebuilding San Ysidro Ranch’s Epic Wine Cellar
Matt Kettman on the hunt.

An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country
A nice itinerary.

California’s Largest Legal Weed Farms Face Conflict In Wine Country
NPR on the controversy.

One of Florence’s ‘Wine Windows’ Is Open Once More
Ring a bell, get some wine.

Put Down That Hard Seltzer. These Wines Are Best in Hot, Hot Weather
Just keep them on ice.

Anson: What will the new grape varieties mean for Bordeaux?
Jane offers a sober inquiry.

Courtesy of a Trappist monastery, Greek-style white wine arrives in California
Esther digs Assyrtiko.

Ancient wine factory built by Crusaders 700 years ago unearthed – and it’s the biggest ever found
Maybe.

Grapes of change: How the wine industry has transformed Oregon’s economy
A longer piece.

A Wine Lover’s Guide to Sardinia
On the bucket list.

High Notes of the Wine and Weed Symposium
A summary of the proceedings.

The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?
Look for Touriga Nacional in a few years.

How Portugal Became the Epicenter of Sustainability for the Wine Industry
By actually taking some action

The latest casualty of Trump’s trade war with China? California wine
Our wines doubled in price.

Amazon’s “Secret” LA Wine Store
The first of the trio of articles.

Amazon Above the Law in California
The second. A great investigative piece by Blake Gray.

California ABC Launches Amazon Investigation
The third. And then the law gets involved.

From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine
And you thought you’d heard it all.