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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/1/19


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.

Pushing Limits in the Rhône
Robert Camuto on an unusual partnership.

Save the World, One Bottle of Wine at a Time
Elin McCoy on activist wines.

Heatwave Shrinks Champagne Harvest by Almost 20%
Shrivel.

From the Itata Valley in Southern Chile, Old-Vine Cinsault
Oh yes. Buy it if you can find it.

‘Terroir… Is that a dog?’ Survey exposes wine knowledge
But I don’t buy it.

The Science of Color in Wine
Excellent primer.

Screaming Eagle
Elaine Brown visits the nest.

Documents Bolster Winery Race Discrimination Case
Not a pretty picture.

E-Commerce And Wine Clubs Will Overtake Tasting Room Sales, Says New Survey
Of course, the study is run by a shipping company. But I still believe it.

Winemaker Shauna Rosenblum had to step out of her father’s shadow to find her own voice
As is often the case.

Apotheosis: Napa Valley finds one of its greatest expressions in Philip Togni
Jeremy Parzen makes the pilgrimage.

Biodynamic In Bordeaux: “The Secret Is To Work”
Meg Maker unearths the story.

A Tale of Two Wine Auctions
One for wine lovers, and one for their publicists.

Burgundy’s hottest summers in 600 years are changing the region’s famous wines
No one wants crispy instead of crisp.

The Hopeless Hunt for the Perfect Wine
On subjectivity.

Croatia’s best wines
Andrew Jefford touts the best of them.

Finger Lakes Point to a New Direction
Thanks to climate change?

The answers to wine climate questions might lie in the soil, not grapes
Dave McIntyre talks with Dan Petroski about dirt.

Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry From Climate Change?
But some people think it’s the grapes that will save wine.

Different Grapes From Different Regions, All Screaming Italy
Eric Asimov on fingerprints.

Australian Wine Loses a Legend
Farewell to Tony Jordan.

A Manifesto for the Agriculture and Natural Wine
Jonathan Nossiter is writing (with his usual hyperbole) for Newsweek!?

An early look at California’s 2019 wine harvest
Early early.

Heat-stricken French wine harvests sound climate alarm
Listen to the sizzle.

Is The Future Of Wine In The Can?
Everyone is doing it.

E-Commerce And Wine Clubs Will Overtake Tasting Room Sales, Says New Survey
Of course it will.

Wine Targeted by Instagram Money Grab
Instagram cracks down.

Why red wine could be good for your gut – in moderation
Interesting research.

Testing times: the untold story behind the Master Sommelier exam scandal
One of the disqualified tells her story.

Eight new Masters of Wine announced
The ranks keep growing.

The Complete Guide to Cork Taint
A fairly thorough primer.