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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/25/19


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.

The Perfect Spanish Wine Road Trip
On the road with Newsweek.

Macron defuses French digital tax row, Trump coy on wine threat
Surprise, surprise.

Sweet Monbazillac Wines Can Rival Those From Sauternes
When you get priced out of Sauternes.

Wine experts now say that red wine should go in the fridge
Some of us have been saying it for years.

Amazon Does Bare Minimum to Meet California Law
An unsurprising ending to Blake Gray’s saga.

Are The Ratings For Reputed French Wines Rigged?
A court will punt, er, decide…. soonish.

Bored Of Rosé? Try The Latest Trend: Category-Defying Pink Wines
Um, they’re called blanc de noirs. It’s a category.

Sommelier and Author Maryse Chevriere Will Democratize Wine, One Cartoon at a Time
So glad there will be a book.

Georgian wine on my mind
Esther likes herself some Rikatsiteli.

Cannabis Going on the Ballot in California’s Wine-Growing Valley
But don’t worry. It will be tied up in lawsuits for years.

Winemakers are preparing for the delirium of harvest
Unless you like pulling all-nighters.

Make wine great again
Just like MAGA, the premise is wrong, says Robert Joseph.

This underrated grape from the Loire Valley is finding a new audience among U.S. buyers
Sappy and delicious.

“Market Places Eat Markets” (Thoughts On “Future-Proofing” Wine)
Joe Roberts plays contrarian.

Millennials Maybe, But New Data Direct The Wine Industry To Gen X
All you have to do is look at net worth. Or listen to Rob McMillan.

Understanding Sherry’s New Regulations
Nonfortified Sherry coming your way.

Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers of 2019
Wine Enthusiast releases their annual list of American tastemakers.

Phylloxera: Yarra financial impact
That’s billion with a “b.”

From Greece, Surprisingly Tannic Reds of Energy and Balance
Xinomavro, with emphasis on the first “o”

Ancient Grape Emerges from Obscurity in Sicily
Yes, but where can I get a glass full?

Saving cabernet from climate change
And make no mistake, it needs saving.

Crafting a Digital Marketing Scorecard for the US Wine Industry
Now improved to about a C-minus level.

Wine grapes help Sonoma County surpass $1B in annual agricultural production for first time
That’s the local economy for you.

Near-perfect conditions quicken wine grape harvest
Comin’ on strong.

Napa Valley Vintners President and CEO Linda Reiff on Protecting Brand Napa
All that and cannabis, soon.

Orange wines are now a thing, but who invented the term?
Jamie Goode on origins.

Wine’s big problem? Consumers don’t care about wine…
Which is why there is no Wine Network TV channel.

Bordeaux winemakers forced to promote rose and white wines as young drinkers abandon red
Times they are a ‘changin.

Mimi Casteel Is Betting the Farm
Leslie Pariseau writes the profile.

Regarding Wine, Writing and “Influencers”
Alfonso wants influences, not influencers.

Has This $3,500 Bottle of Wine Just Set the New Bar for Napa Cabernet?
The new bar for pretense?

Cannabis tourism seeks broader stage, but encounters obstacles in Wine Country
A long road to get there.