Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/19/20

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.

In the Swartland with Eben Sadie (2) in the cellar, and tasting the wines
Jamie and Treve explore some of South Africa’s prepositions.

JaM Cellars sues The Wine Group, alleging copyright infringement
A frivolous lawsuit filed for PR value only, methinks. So don’t click on this link.

How coronavirus is causing confusion with states’ alcohol laws
And hopefully change.

Is the coronavirus pandemic the beginning of changes to the three-tier system?
Jeff has some thoughts.

One-third of Australia’s wineries could go under because of coronavirus pandemic, industry warns
Horrific thought.

US Wine Losses from COVID-19 Could Reach $5.94 Billion
At least.

South Africa makes U-turn and bans wine exports
With, no doubt, disastrous consequences.

Is French wine the greatest in the world?
Jon Bonné vs. Andrew Jefford.

A Gathering of Growers
Franck Duboeuf on his dad.

Why Restaurants Are So Fucked.
Sobering.

South Australia 2020 – unforgettable
But not necessarily in a good way.

Amid a pandemic, business as usual puts Napa Valley’s farmworkers at risk
A very important story and topic.

China’s viticulture in transition
Links between ancient China and elsewhere.

How to run a virtual wine tasting
Thoughts from Adam Lechmere.

Rosa Kruger: the queen of the Cape’s old vines
A nice profile.

Lockdown will prove to be wine’s finest hour
We shall see. And you can too.

Can virtual wine tastings be saved?
Only by becoming not tastings.

Remaking Burgundy
Tim has some thoughts about what we can learn about Burgundy from Champagne.

California bulk wine you’ll actually want to drink
Esther rounds up her week of isolation.

A Virtual Winery Opening: Sonoma Winemaker Jesse Katz Planned to Open his Tasting Room this Month
What’s a guy gonna do?

Ropiness in wine, a new fault for me
Jamie Goode talks faults.

A New Take On Corona-Influenced Wine Sales In The U.S.
Liza Zimmerman interviews Christian Miller.

France Defines Natural Wine, but Is That Enough?
Eric Asimov discusses the new legislation.

How to Find (and Discuss) Natural Wines
Eric Asimov offers tips.

End of an Era at Domaine Carneros
Eileen Crane steps down.

Will the Real Grenache Please Stand Up?
Let’s not get categorical about grapes.

Coronavirus throws ‘a curve ball’ for Napa Valley Wine Academy
And every other educational institution.

Saint-Emilion 2020 Harvest May Suffer From Hail Damage
Early enough to merely reduce yields for now.

COVID-19 could permanently reshape the business of wine in Napa Valley
Napa and everywhere.