Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/24/21

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.

In Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, the Gifts of Simplicity
Eric Asimov keeps it simple.

Support Lodi’s Save The Old campaign
A worthy cause

Ancient Grape Revived in Tuscany
Blake Gray likes him some Colombana

US Wineries Willing to Sell Out
Almost 50% willing to sell.

Wine Critics Panned Napa’s 2011 Vintage. Here’s Why They Were Wrong.
Sara Schneider on a cool vintage.

Matt Walls: My two years in Provence writing Wines of the Rhône
The travails of French country villages.

Police bust biggest fake Penfolds operation in China
Big wines, big business.

The future of en primeur
Tubes of wine.

Dysons Sell Stake in Williams Selyem to Burgundy’s Faiveley Family
Burgundy comes to the Russian River Valley.

Will Biden Remove Wine Tariffs?
We’re praying.

Imagining an End to Wine Tariffs
Blake Gray on the subject.

Predicting Higher Demand for Wine in 2021. Part II of the SVB Videocast
The post-COVID boom is coming, says Rob McMillan.

2020 Fires Caused $3.7 billion in losses for Wine Industry

Wine the Target for Investors – and Thieves
Sometimes a fine line between the two?

Why Can’t You Smell? Doctors and Scientists Are Working to Understand COVID-19’s Impact on Our Senses
Interesting dive into the research.

Domestication of wild grapevines is still active
Fairly geeky article, but very cool info.

Craig Camp: Leading the Way for Vineyard Rejuvenation from Conventional to Biodynamic Farming
Nice profile.

North Coast wine business will feel effect of the pandemic for some time, expert says
Hard times will continue.

Passion Is Not A Panacea
Robert Joseph suggests excellence may be preferred.

‘I’m a Neuroscientist, and This Is Exactly How Alcohol Ruins Your Sleep’
More and more as we get older.

South Africa’s wine industry suffers badly
And keeps suffering.

South Africa’s Ban On The Sale Of Wine: Making Sense Of A Non-Sensical Situation
Cathy Huyghe on the topic.

The 2020 wildfires could cost California’s wine industry $3.7 billion – but it doesn’t have to be that way
Lots of research is needed.

Why alternative packaging for wine has struggled
Tactility, says Jamie Goode.

Alcohol played a ‘difficult role’ in her life. Then she became CEO of Pernod Ricard North America
Nice profile of a top exec.

Film to highlight female entrepreneurship in Champagne
The Widow FTW.

Wine Shipments to Consumers Soar to Record $3.7 Billion in 2020
Lots of pandemic buying.

Friuli Venezia Giulia – In Constant Motion
A nice check-in with a dynamic wine region.

Regenerative Viticulture: Trendy Buzz Word or Revolutionary Farming Philosophy?
The newest thing.

Wine After War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
When did you last have a Bosnian wine?

To court socially minded millennials, some wineries are investing in more than grapes
The beauty of a B-corp.

American Airlines has so much extra wine that it is starting a delivery service
Because the first think we think of when we think of quality wine is… airlines?

Jancis Robinson’s tips on how to travel vicariously through wine
Just open a good bottle, she says.

California to Impose Statewide Rules for Winery Wastewater
A new regimen.

You can go wine tasting in the Bay Area again this week, but some wineries will remain closed due to rain
Glimmers of hope.

How Sulfites Became Public Enemy No.1 in Wine
The persecution is real.