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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/10/21


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.

Crimes Against Wine
In which Terry Theise does the “unthinkable.”

St. Helena’s Rafael Rodriguez, immigrant laborer who became vineyard manager, turns 100
Living legend, indeed.

The Cleanwashing of Wine
Like I said, it’s one big scam.

How Domaine Marquis d’Angerville made the move from Burgundy to Jura
Excellent wines in this new venture.

Solving the premox problem: Olivier Lamy
One man thinks wax capsules are the answer.

Changing the Rules on Natural Wine
A thoughtful piece but not really about natural wine. Biodynamics, yes, natural wine, no.

Gallo Set to Dominate the Bargain Basement
Blake Gray explores the implications.

What the wine world’s mega-deal between Gallo and Constellation means for supermarket wine
Esther Mobley has her own take.

A new approach to wine history
Or a new approach to vanity publishing?

Life Lessons with Clement Robert MS of London’s Annabel’s
Another Q&A feature on a wine personality

Burgundy vineyards – the unseen side
Grand Cru mud.

In Search Of Familiarity
A nice piece about a quality of wine not oft appreciated.

What price terroir in an era of climate change?
Jancis looks at whether Bordeaux is moving.

Moët suffers sheep theft in Champagne
That’s a new one.

Latest shutdown maims Napa Valley’s hospitality workforce
It’s hard to watch.

Journalist and Wine Writer Extraordinaire Howard G Goldberg Dies
Truly a gentleman and a scholar.

An Appreciation
A nice remembrance of Howard by Terry Theise.

No sulphites added wine: the great debate
Assiduously avoiding the word “natural”

Napa County desperate for wildfire fixes before next fire season
Money and time. Money and time.

South African Wine Faces (Yet Another) Alcohol Ban
Buy South African wine!

The Differences Between High- and Low-Elevation Wine
Anne Krebiehl gives a primer.

Wine and the Yield of Dreams
The myth and reality of vine yields.

Why Is the Trump Administration Punishing U.S. Wine Companies with Final Move in European Trade War?
Because they don’t understand who wins in a trade war.

What Goes Into Designing a Wine Label?
An interesting conversation with three designers.

French thieves steal $675K of wine, toss bottles at cops
A bit more exciting than missing sheep.

Wine’s Bubble Yet to Burst
The high-end of the market hasn’t felt the pinch.

After 2,000 Years, Pompeii Wine Bar to ‘Reopen’ this Spring
And what snacks they served….

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