Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/7/21

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.

Today was International Women’s Day, so there’s a lot of great stuff below focused on the women of the wine world.

Five Inspiring Women in the World of Wine
More names for us to know.

Xenophobia, Racism and Classism: The Sinister Roots of America’s Prohibition
Great history lesson.

Aria Dorsey of Folk and Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, TN, on a Year that Started with a Tornado and then Served Up a Pandemic
Tornado? Because the pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with.

In focus: How the drinks industry is tackling gender inequality – The Drinks Business
More of this, please.

Meet The Woman Bringing A Caribbean Twist To French Champagne
Breaking barriers is a good thing.

How much alcohol is in your wine?
Invariably more than it says on the label.

E.U. and U.S. Tariffs Suspended, Wine Professionals Hope for Refunds
Welcome relief. But refunds seem unlikely?

Domaine Faiveley and the Riches of Burgundy
An interview with Eve Faiveley.

Restaurant Wine Directors Worry About the Future
Eric Asimov talks with some of them

Wine influencers – the future of wine writing?
To paraphrase my friend Meg Maker: don’t confuse communicating about wine with wine writing

Shanghai busts 2000 cases of smuggled premium wines
Wine and ham trying to avoid paying taxes.

Bursting the bubble – meet the female winemakers who popped the patriarchy
More patriarchy popping please!

The Differences Between Dry Farming and Irrigation
Jamie Goode does some excellent explaining.

New Somm Group’s Language Challenge
The new somm on the block.

Lilia Perez brings an international perspective to her winemaking at RGNY
A young talent, though I wish the first thing we learned about her wasn’t what she was wearing.

Will Fish Sauce and Charred Oranges Return the World Covid Took From Me?
Retraining the nose.

Put a Cork in It? The Wine Closure Industry is Changing
Better and better.

Some Comfort for Wine Ponzi Scheme Victims
I’d call it “celler temp” comfort. Not quite cold, but close.

Sulphur Ye Not the Little Wines
A wonderfully dogma-free take on lo-no sulphur.

Interview: Christina Rasmussen, wine writer and co-founder of LITTLEWINE
A nice profile.

Wine Future 2021 Part 1: How wine needs to prepare for post-covid world
A nice summary.

New Burgundy Level Adds to the Chaos
Interesting new classification.

Interview with Ryan Opaz – Foot Trodden co-author
Simon Woolf interviews his co-author.

Pressure for ‘Argon taint’ to be recognised as wine fault
Satire without racism, sexism, or profanity. Imagine that?

Freezing Temperatures Hit ALL of Texas, Vineyard Damage May Be Extensive
There will be a lot more CA wine in Texas bottles soon.

Vaccinations for California Vineyard and Wine Production Employees Varies by County
Wine is essential, says the state.

What’s a Sommelier to Do When They Lose Their Sense of Smell?
Disability insurance, if you’ve got it?

California’s Wineries and Women’s Ownership: An Empirical Study
‘Study’ seems a bit grandiose. But glad someone is counting.

The Language of Tasting
More stimulating thoughts from Terry Theise on tasting.