Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/26/20

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.

Feature: Coronavirus is changing the way Italian winemakers operate
Maybe permanently.

What Does “Freshness” Mean in Wine?
Geek language.

The coronavirus impact on wine “probably irreversible” without dramatic action
The OIV has some dire predictions.

Coronavirus may cut wine sales in Europe by half: OIV
Like this one.

Re-thinking en primeur
It’s about time.

Royal Romanians
Jancis admires some Romanian wine.

Why Napa’s Top Winemakers Take to the Hills to Craft Their Cabernets
Robb Report talks hillside Cab.

While Napa cabernet grapes still in demand, sales stall elsewhere in California North Coast
Andy Beckstoffer’s view of the world.

‘Drink small to save little wineries’
Buy from the little ones.

California Wine’s State of Uncertainty
Blake Gray asks around.

2020: the new normal, and grape and wine production
Dr. Richard Smart offers some perspective.

How California’s appetite for Oregon’s grapes fueled a wine war
Esther runs down the conflict.

Spring Frosts Follow a Mild Winter
Gentlepeople, start your sprinklers.

US Drought Could Last A Century As We Now Enter A Megadrought, Study Finds
Ruh roh.

‘Things are totally out of control’ |Q&A with wine ‘antisnob’ Tim Hanni
Jim Boyce chats with Tim Hanni

When Did ‘Malo’ Become a Bad Word?

Why wine movies keep falling flat
Robert Joseph has it right.

European Winemakers May Have to Turn a Billion Liters of Wine into Industrial Alcohol
What’s a billion liters of wine between friends?

Tom Wark on the New and Complex Reality for Independent Fine Wine Retailers Mid-Pandemic
Tom knows of what he speaks.

Tracing the Origin Story of Pét-Nat
Where the trend came from. Excellent piece.

How Anyone Can Become a Winemaker
Anyone with the time, energy, and lack of income needs.

To Industry Insiders, The Immediate Future For Wineries Is Grim
No good news.

South African wine industry facing devastation
No exports are a killer.

The South African Wine Industry Responds to the Effects of the Ban on Exports
A true travesty.

Here’s How South Africans Are Dodging Virus Alcohol Ban
The criminals will win.

‘The Vines Just Don’t Wait’: France Nervously Looks Toward Harvest as Sales Plummet
A slow moving train wreck.

Court Crushes Bryant Winery Lawsuit
A new kind of winery dirt.

The Subtle Symphony of the Winery
Wineries are not quiet.

Napa’s Own Game of Thrones Story
Blake Gray loves a dramatic headline. And a good story, but ain’t no dragons or murders.

In Pairing Wine and Food, Experience Is the Best Teacher
In which Eric Asimov quotes yours truly.

Should JaM Cellars be allowed to monopolize buttery Chardonnay?
Esther on frivolous lawsuits.