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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/19/20

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.

Trump and Macron agree to trade truce and avoid massive tariffs on French wine — for now
Champagne is safe for now. One more Section 301 to go.

Trump’s Tariffs Could Spell the End for Natural Wine in America
The tariffs won’t discriminate.

After Parker: Wine in the Age of Rediscovery
Roger Morris looks forward.

The case for visiting Wine Country in winter
Especially, Sonoma, please.

Drinking Less Wine? You’re Not Alone
As long as you make it better wine, we’ll all be ok.

Searching for the Distinctive Character of California Syrah
Eric Asimov finds out why Syrah still doesn’t sell.

America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition documentary reminds us that regulations from 100 years ago still vex local biz today
Still vexing, indeed.

Can Mâconnais wines rival the best burgundy?
They can if they’re from Jean-Marie Guffens, says Jancis.

Where Age Is the Thing: Rioja Gran Reserva
Next version of wine school.

California Wineries Sue Insurers over Smoke-Tainted Wines
The fires rage on.

The Return of Refined Oregon Pinot Noir
Says Paul Gregutt.

The Folly of Wine Prophecy
James Lawrence reviews his predictions for last year.

Burgundy Vintner Michel Lafarge Dies at 91
RIP to another legend.

The World Class Wines of Attica
Greece must be drunk.

Crediting the Winemaker Where it’s Due
Oliver Styles gets particular.

Three Intriguing TED Talks That Relate To Wine
For your viewing pleasure.

Despite Decreasing Levels of Wine Knowledge, the World’s Wine Consumers Are Caring More About the Category
Interesting stats.

Minerality in wine: Where are we now?
Not much farther than 15 years ago.

Uncertainty Over Tariff Outcome Continues to Take a Toll
And will until they go away.

PG&E granted tentative eminent domain over Calistoga vineyard for a liquid natural gas plant
This sucks.

Australian bushfires – ways to help
Do your part.

Prohibition began 100 years ago – here’s a look at its economic impact
Interesting to think about what the wine world would look like without it.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2020: In Pursuit of Chardonnay Perfection
David Ramey profiled.

US uncorks a bottle of job-killing wine tariffs on American firms
One of the better headlines.

Sonoma County wine grape growers reach out to climate scientists, millennials amid challenging market
Change is inevitable.

When critics can no longer know fine wines
Robert Joseph has it right, as usual.

Napa wineries are beginning to chat up customers online
‘Bout damn time.