Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/6/20

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on 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.

Gift Cards Spark New York Wine Spat
If you’re interested in the complexity of Three-Tier

France to help farmers to abandon glyphosate weedkiller
Interesting approach.

It’s Not Merely a Wine; It’s a Region of History, Diversity and Quality: Part 1
Doug Frost on Vinho Verde.

It’s Not Merely a Wine; It’s a Region of History, Diversity and Quality: Part 2
Frosty continues.

I’m Afraid It’s Too Late to Save Restaurants
Not a pretty picture.

Italy’s Mr Wine Sees a Bright Future
Tom Hyland profiles Marco Sabellico and talks about the future.

Regenerative Organics
Patrick Comiskey spends time at Tablas Creek.

Hospices de Beaune founder’s tomb re-discovered
Wine archeology. Sort of.

California wineries brace for big losses during holiday season after looming lockdown
The hurt is coming.

Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal, Elite Wine Group Elects New Board
Younger. A few more women. But still lots of white dudes.

To Kalon Case Heads to Court
The future of geographical trademarks.

China: The Wake Up Call We Needed to Have
There’s some cogent thinking here.

Chinese adventures in Australian wine
Jancis republishes a piece about the Chinese Australian connection.

Sexual harassment of restaurant workers has grown dramatically during the pandemic, a One Fair Wage study claims
We’re such pigs.

Millennials Finally Thirsty for Wine
The wave is coming, say some.

Wine In The Time Of Bushfires
Checking in on how Australia is faring in the wake of last year’s disaster.

I drank smoke-tainted California wines. Here’s what they actually taste like
Esther does some tasting.

Among Sparkling Wines, the Other Half Lives Pretty Well
2020 hasn’t earned bubbles, you have.

The Problem with Wine Terminology in the Virtual World
This has nothing to do with virtual, and everything to do with knowing your audience.

The Shortcomings of Technically Perfect Wine
Is a flaw in the eye of the beholder?

A Total Restaurant Apocalypse is Coming But It’s Not Inevitable
Soleil Ho has it arights.

How the internet is changing the way we buy wine
Yep. Pretty much.

‘Sexist’ Cartoon Prompts Outrage in French Wine Circles
Nasty. But why the inverted commas around sexist?

Steven Spurrier’s hopes and triumphs
Jancis speaks with Stephen about his autobiography.

China’s typical wine drinker is young, hip, self-taught
Still predicting massive growth.

This Quaint California County Is Full of Family-owned Wineries and Historic Gold Rush Towns
El Dorado goes for gold.

Steven Spurrier: “Emotionally, art means more to me than wine”
Hard to imagine how that is true, but…

Small wineries are not always better
A logical argument, but what if they are GENERALLY better?