Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/13/19

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.

PG&E wants to seize private vineyard property for liquid natural gas plant in Calistoga
Everyone’s favorite utility these days.

Wine quality versus wine profitability
Few have the luxury to not worry about making a living.

Falling hard for Petrichor
Deborah on wet rocks.

Beyond the Cellar Door
It’s not enough just to have bottles for sale.

How Will Climate Change Alter Agriculture? Winemakers are Finding Out
Oooh! Eric Asimov gets the Times Interactive treatment! It’s not Snowfall, but it’s fun.

The Reign of Fred Dame
The man, the myth, the legend.

PG&E Begins to Restore Power in Northern California, Wineries Cancel Picks, Make Do with Generators
Scrambling and scraping by.

Turning the Tables on Karen MacNeil
Karl Giavanti interviews.

Italy’s Harvest Dodges Weather Bullet
Minus a bit of hail, things look good.

Buried Champagne from 1890s Opened in Epernay

Anson: How the Bordeaux 2019 harvest is looking now
Harvest is great, sales are not.

Sonoma County wineries continue the grape harvest using backup power
Except for those that can’t.

Baja Wine Should Be a Bigger Deal in the U.S.
Yes, it should.

Put ‘chemgro’ on wines produced using pesticides
Interesting proposition. Complete nonstarter.

Are Wine Ambassadors Worth the Time and Money?
Alfonso with a rare bit of direct advice.

The world’s best vineyards?
I call BS on this list.

Pink champagne – a serious wine now
Good stuff.

The legendary ‘curmudgeon’ who kick-started Michigan’s wine industry
Remembering Bernie Rink.

‘Are there going to be locusts next?’ Wine Country wary after shut-offs, fires
And who wouldn’t be?

A Champagne Concierge on Her Job and Your Next Trip to France
What’s not to love?

Heidsieck Champagne’s Story of Survival
Recovering from brand neglect.

The farmer who protects Wine Country
Tom Gamble profiled.

Keeping Fake Bordeaux Out of a 6-Million-Bottle Wine Cellar
Watching the detectives.

How San Diego Became a Natural Wine Haven
Matt Kettman has the rundown.

Expect Higher Prices on Lighter Wines
It’s a conspiracy to get us to drink Amarone!

Tariffs Could See Alcohol Rise in Bordeaux
The other side of that coin.

How Darrell Corti became a tastemaker in California food and wine
A legend, at this point.

Ribera del Duero Council Approves DO Status for White Wine
Look for some serious Albillo Mayor blends in the future.

PG&E CEO Apologizes After Employees Went Wine Tasting Just Before California Blackouts: ‘Insensitive, Inappropriate, Tone Deaf’
No shit, sherlock.