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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/27/20

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.

Abe Schoener: the thought-leader vigneron, opening a new urban winery in LA
Jamie Goode talks with Abe about his latest project.

Couple behind billion-dollar Ponzi scheme will forfeit share in Napa winery
Sounds like a movie in the making….

Vineyards versus vernal pools: On Napa’s Atlas Peak, neighbors’ dispute turns ugly
Gunshots and libel?

Washington Winemakers Devise Battle Plan for Phylloxera in Vineyards
Loaded for bear.

“Nobody Knows Anything About What Sells Wine”
Really Randall?

Lead in His Red: Wine Killed Beethoven, Suggests Provocative New Research
An awful way to go.

Tyrell’s to cut 80% of 2020 crop
Truly tragic.

Challenges mount for Champagne in 2020, says trade body chief
Nobody wants the cheap stuff.

Napa Pricing Risks Alienating Consumers
Not a good sign in a grape glut.

Australia’s Fires and the American Response
Americans cared, it turns out.

Yes, restaurant wine lists are confusing, but occasionally they get it right
And they get them very wrong, too.

An argument for heavy wine bottles
Ridiculous. Robert Joseph gets it so very, very wrong.

Make It So: How a Not-So-French Vineyard Got Cast as Star Trek’s ‘Château Picard’
Santa Ynez Valley it seems.

Ningxia wines: What’s on the horizon?
A report from China.

Understanding Microbial Terroir in Wine
We know they’re distinctive, we just don’t know how they work.

The Coming of Pink Prosecco
It was only a matter of time.

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Owners Buy Napa’s Flora Springs Winery
Another European takeover.

Alice Feiring: The Apostle Of Natural Wine Says She’s Not Fierce And Courageous
Just a PR magnet.

90,000-gallon tank of wine at Rodney Strong Vineyards leaks into Russian River
Ugh, though not a disaster.

These are the women leading China’s wine revolution
Nice piece with great images.

How to drink wine with Chinese food this new year
Riesling!!

Reflecting the hardships of the business, an iconoclastic critic of ‘Big Wine’ sells his indie vineyard
More coverage of Randall’s sale.

The New Burgundy: How the French Region Learned to Make Some of Its Best Wines Yet
If it has ‘new’ in the title, Jon Bonné must have written it.

Family Wine Affair a Risky Business
The dangers of dynasty.

English Sparkling Wines Challenge the Supremacy of Champagne, France–Thanks to Climate Change
Not dead yet.

White Wine With Red Meat, An Unlikely Steakhouse Trend
Depends on how funky the steak.

Regulation of Napa and Sonoma winery production and visitor growth enters new phase
Some well needed changes proposed.