Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 11/3/19

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.

Perspectives on the Douro and the 2019 vintage
Charles Symington on change.

Fate is a fiasco
A lovely reminiscence.

Does the Wine Trade Really Understand the Next Generation of Wine Consumers?

Virginia makes great wine. But is that enough to sell its brand?
Outside of the state, it’s a hard sell.

5 Italian Wine Buyers (that I wanted to challenge, gag and thank)
Alfonso does his thing so well.

French Wine Fights Back in China
Taking advantage of the trade war.

National publicity about fires and blackouts has impact on Napa tourism
Yes it does. So we all need to be careful.

Sonoma Remains Strong After Kincade Fire
And we need more headlines like this.

Small winemakers pitch ‘Save the Family Farms’ to Napa supervisors
And they need saving.

Armenian Wines Are Kicking With Quality
Tom Mullen files an in-depth report.

Yerevan City In Armenia Is A Jewel For Travel, Food And Wine
And then he tells us where to eat and drink.

Fermenting Culture: An Interview with David Zilber
An amazing interview. Highly recommended.

‘It’s surreal’ – owner Diane Wilson surveying Soda Rock Winery
Visiting the scent of destruction.

Amazon Still Mocking California Liquor Law
Blake Gray is still watching Amazon flounder.

Why You Should Explore Santorini And Its Wines
In a word, deliciousnes.

How and When to Pay Attention to Wine Vintages
Advice for wine lovers from Fortune.

California’s wine country has become fire country, leaving devastation and fear
An in-depth report in the aftermath.

A French space startup is launching wine into orbit
They really should be trying fermentation.

While the Kincade Fire burns, Alexander Valley wineries find reason for hope
Esther Mobley continues her coverage.

Eiffel Winery a Tour de Force
Warning, pun overload.

Under pressure: How a doctor’s wine hack freed a boy’s tongue stuck in a bottle
Use the Coravin! Sort of.

In Napa Valley, Winemakers Fight Climate Change on All Fronts
Eric Asimov completes his 4-part climate change series.

Truly Hard to Swallow
Nina Rosas on asbestos in wine.

A Celebrity Sommelier Is Accused of Sexual Assault
Sadly, almost certainly only the tip of the iceberg for our industry.

NYC’s Most Powerful Wine Players Are a Fratty White Blur, and It Needs to Change
Amen, sister!

Chateau Viking: Climate Change Makes Northern Wine a Reality
Look for a Norwegian bubbly vs England Fizz smackdown in 2032.

Vérité’s Father-Daughter Team On Making Wine Together
With diacriticals in all the right places.

Vineyards can help stop fires. They did in the Alexander Valley
Esther Mobley talks to firefighters and scientists.

Wildly Popular Japanese Manga Storms U.S., With Wine in Tow
Yes, but will it turn millions on to wine? We can only hope.