Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/29/20

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.

France officially recognizes natural wine designation
This will solve everything. Right?

Why Netflix’s Wine Movie ‘Uncorked’ Is Worth Savoring
Julia Coney offers her thoughts on a movie worth seeing.

“This is beyond anything we have experienced”: winemakers worldwide face the crisis with resolve
Adam Lechmere talks to people.

Natural Wine Joins the Mainstream
Blake Gray weighs in.

Chilean Wine’s Lockdown Harvest
The whole Southern Hemisphere. But Blake talks with folks in Chile.

Dispatch from Brescia: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a concentration of suffering.”

In ‘Wine Girl,’ Taking On The Old Boys Of The Wine World
Victoria James talks to NPR

Wine and writing in the time of Coronavirus
Thoughtful reflections from Andy Neather.

Sparkling Wine Has “More Flavors” when Tirage Performed Under Cork, Says Scientist
You’ll never guess who he works for.

Pandemic Alcohol Stock-Up Skews Toward Wine
Well THERE’s some good news.

Wine For The New Normal
Meg Maker muses. And drinks.

Will the Coronavirus Make Restaurants Like Mine Extinct?

A New Website Is Helping NYC Restaurants Sell Off Their Wine Cellars
Anything that works.

Seeking a Wine for the End of the World: Restaurants Sell Their Collections
Deals you want, but never wanted to see.

Essentially Nonessential: Wine in Strange Times
Thoughts from these strange times. Including from yours truly.

Time for the wine industry to plan ahead
Invest during the downturn. In R&D.

While sheltering in place, California wineries rush to offer virtual wine tastings. Are they fun or just awkward?
I vote awkward. Esther is charmed.

Facing staggering losses, Napa’s hospitality and service sectors discover insurers won’t pay
Insult to injury.

Frost advisory has farmers scrambling for frost protection for vineyards
Early spring often means such frost scares.

Wine lessons from a past epidemic
Ian Ford remembers.

Letter from Italy: “The day everything changed” by Giancarlo Gariglio.
A letter from the front lines.

$2 Trillion Virus Bill Leaves ‘Gaping Holes’ for Restaurant Industry
Nevermind that we eat out more than we fly.

Should I Even Be Making Wine at All Right Now?
A winemaker considers her options.

Spain Struggles to Respond to Coronavirus, and Its Wine Industry Suffers
Tough times everywhere.

U.S. wineries estimated March loss more than $400 million
Tip of the iceberg.

Some of NYC’s Top Restaurant Wine Lists Are Turning Into Bottle Shops — for Now
Deals to be had.

Jancis Robinson on how to invest in wine, part one
Jancis takes a page from Marie Kondo.

Wine Communication Goes Online
The age of the virtual tasting.

Finding Comfort in a Bottle of Familiar Wine
Eric Asimov has it exactly right.

North Canterbury’s wine region tries to embrace a new normal
How the Kiwis are coping.

Wine Suffers as New York Restaurants Close
Not just wine.

Tom Colicchio Spent 19 Years Building a Restaurant Empire. Coronavirus Gutted It in a Month.
Laying off 300.