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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/22/20

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.

J Michael Broadbent MW RIP
A loving tribute.

Wine world great Michael Broadbent MW dies
And another.

Michael Broadbent MW: a tribute
And another.

Remembering Michael Broadbent
And another.

Michael Broadbent, Who Put Wine on the Auction Block, Dies at 92
And finally the New York Times.

Coronavirus Forces US Wine Importers to Get Creative
Fighting for life.

Disrupting German Wine
Theise and Wiest step back.

The question of wine spitting
Practice in the shower.

What’s Next for American Hard Cider?
Who knew there was a CiderCon. I wanna go.

California Doesn’t Do Champagne
Zach Sussman on the next wave of California sparklers.

Napa Supervisors Grapple with “Earth Tone” Color Palette Policy for Winery Exteriors
Can we agree we all have bigger problems these days?

Young Red Wine: A Critic’s Doubts
Meg Maker ponders infanticide of a sort.

Familia Torres on how to tackle climate change in the wine industry
Adam Lechmere on Torres.

Retention is the New Acquisition
Paul Mabray speaks and wineries should listen.

Anson: Bordeaux en primeur cancelled, so what happens now?
Jane Anson reports from Bordeaux.

Online Alcohol Providers See Major Boost Amid Coronavirus Sheltering
Shocking news.

Viñateros – where the wild things are
Jancis is bullish on Spain.

What the wine trade needs to know about quarantine
Advice for anyone, really.

Wine retailers who’ll deliver to self-isolators
Jancis makes a master list of retailers.

Big Tech For Tiny Bubbles: US Sparkling Wine Producers are Starting to Embrace Automation
Interesting info about sparkling tech.

French Winemakers Keep Up the Fight
Reporting from behind the front lines.

With tasting rooms closed, Napa’s wine country workforce feels the sting
The pain has only just started.

A new wine group emerges in Russia
Not just the Chines buying these days.

Feudo Arancio’s assets confiscated
But you knew the Mafia were in the wine business, right?

A List of Resources for Service Industry Workers, Restaurants, and Bars
They need as many as they can get.

Wine Community Steps Up to Support Health Care, Winery and Restaurant Workers
The way we’re supposed to help each other.

Crisis Management for Wine Country
Rob McMillan has advice.

Wine, Recession & the Curse of the Unknown Unknowns
Now’s the time to listen to the Wine Economist.

Oregon Wine a Leader in Biodynamics
Half of the Demeter Certified acres in the USA.

Italian Wine Producers – How They Are Dealing With Coronavirus
Tom Hyland talks with some.

Don’t worry, Bay Area. Even under shelter in place, you can still get all the wine you need
Esther Mobley on how to drink.

These three women are helping shape Minnesota’s wine scene
Bill Ward on local leaders.

The Effects Of Coronavirus On The Wine Business Keep Coming At Us
And coming and coming and coming.

Review: Overcoming a toxic wine world
A review of Victoria James’ new book.

Cannabis Gets a Big Win in Wine Country
Growing allowed near Santa Rita Hills.

Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Alcohol Delivery Right Now
Another list to peruse.

Scottish Wine Guru Appreciates California Vineyards, Treasures a Good Champagne and Loves a Great Wine Rap
A brief interview with the winemaker of Clos Pegase.

For Wine Stores, Coronavirus Has Brought a ‘Fire Hose’ of Customers
Fire hose and fire sale.

The coronavirus is driving us to drink. Maybe that’s OK
Esther takes solace in a bottle.

Uncork a fine bottle of wine. You just might help save a small business.
Buy a few of them first.

What Does the Future Look Like for Napa Valley Wines?
Hot, pricey, and struggling.

As France Shuts Down to Fight Coronavirus, Bordeaux Puts Wine Futures on Hold
Strange days.

What makes Sonoma and Napa wineries essential during shelter in place?
Esther explores the question.

A Renegade Denmark Winemaker Is Giving Away Sixpacks of Wine
Now that’s a deal. Especially if you live in Western Australia.

Sonoma, Napa wine auctions postponed because of coronavirus pandemic
Not a surprise.

A New Generation of Women Is Leading Some of Europe’s Most Storied Winemakers
About time.

Sommelier recounts assault, being ‘roofied’ in NYC restaurants
Another review of James’ book.

Bodegas Alvear Spain: A Dive Into the Dark Cellars of Andalucia’s Oldest Bodega
Interesting if you can get past the ads.

‘I bought a winery and it caused a US-French row’
A profile of Michael Baum.

What a Feeling: Texture in Wine
Vicki Denig on tasting.

Coronavirus: NZ will move into lockdown during wine industry’s ‘most crucial’ time
Lockdown during harvest would be tragic.

How Making Wine as Therapy Changed One Woman’s Life
The story of Jennifer Prothow.

Italian Vintner Renato Vacca Dies at 51
A tragic loss far too early.

How a Maryland Winery Sparked Legislative Change in Alcohol Delivery
But will it be permanent?

It’s Time to End Wine Shipping Bans
Long past time.

The corona wine boom: ‘sales are on a par with Black Friday’
Self isolation requires wine it seems.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic canceled due to coronavirus
Not a surprise, either.