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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/15/19


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.

A Deep Dive into the Red Wines of Italy’s Umbria
Kerin O’Keefe leads the dive.

Japan to eliminate tariffs on US wine in bilateral trade deal
That sounds pretty good.

Bespoke Wine Events for the High-End Consumer
But of course, sir.

Orange wine is not ‘an assault on pleasure,’ it’s a window into our changing tastes
Esther likes some orange.

Why Mexican Wine Is No Longer a Restaurant Novelty
Because it’s gotten better.

Accountants Calling the Shots at Wineries
We’re meant to believe the trend towards less new oak is driven by accountants!?

How Lindsay Woodard Became a Cult Willamette Valley Vintner
Katherine Cole on the legend of Retour.

Selling Sustainability
Craig Camp has some opinions on sustainability.

Farewell to a great Burgundian
Tim remembers William Fevre.

Is orange wine really an ‘assault on pleasure’?
Simon Woolf breaks his silence.

Why Winemakers Should be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift
Nasty business.

Courtwatch: Pesticide Wipes Out Vineyard – Owners Blame Vineyard Contractor
Oops. This seems like a colossal mistake.

Leading Wall Street Figures Sue Wine Dealer for $8.3m
Khaaaaaaaan.

Why X Marks the Spot for Selling Wine
Kathleen Wilcox reports on Gen X.

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors
Rushing indoors to avoid the chemicals.

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Smashable’ Reds, A Wine Category That Breaks All The Rules
Light, chilled, and refreshing.

Nearly all Sonoma County vineyards are certified sustainable
Yes but what does sustainable really mean?

Jefford: The evolution of English wine
Andrew reviews the transformation.

Uncorked: A Newsy Investigation Of The Elite Wine World
The first new information behind the scenes of the scandal.

Williams Selyem, king of Sonoma County pinot noir winemakers, sticks to its business roots
A story of stewardship.

How Can Small Wineries Be Big In The “Experience Economy”?
Reka Haros has some advice.