Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/11/21

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.

Fruits of Labor
A pretty deep look into some uncomfortable, but important, history.

What They’re Drinking in Tokyo
Uh, everything, it seems.

Non-vintage Is Timeless
Great story about innovation in Austria.

How Beaujolais Nouveau Won (And Lost) Generations of U.S. Drinkers
Going the way of Yellowtail.

Ancient wines are having a moment in Italy. Here’s why.
You’ve heard of ocean aging bottles. But this is ocean tempering grapes.

How Do Women Connect in a Changing Wine Industry?

3 Wine Professionals Share Their Career Shifts
Fun stories.

The Making of 100-Point Wines: Two California Chardonnays from an Iconic Winemaker
Virginie Boone talks with David Ramey.

Oregon’s Sparkling New Wine Chapter
Nice coverage of a burgeoning business.

From Savoie, White Wines That Refresh Like Mountain Air
Some of the best wines on the planet that few know about.

By the Bottle: DLynn Proctor
Alfonso asks, DLynn answers.

Shipping air across the Pacific
Jancis on the challenges of glass bottles and their carbon footprint.

How Lean, Racy Chablis Unlocked a Wine Life
How Jordan MacKay came to wine.

Burgundy 2021 so far – cool and damp
A report on the vintage.

Cooling reds aplenty
Jancis goes for low-alcohol reds.

South African Wine Industry Raises Alarm! Wine Producers Unable To Stay Afloat With Continued Alcohol Ban

Introducing the New Generation of South African Winemakers
Let’s hope these folks stay in business.

Inclusion – as urgent as fermentation
Another excellent article by Tshepang Molisana.

Still Life in Coteaux Champenois
More on Champagne without the bubbles.

A Pioneer of ‘Mountain Barolo’
The little village that could.

Why Austria is a Leader in the Natural Wine Movement
That photo is just missing a pitchfork.

Are Wines Getting Higher In Alcohol?

Wine Is a Language. Do You Lose It When You Stop Drinking?
A nice personal story.

Thousands of Restaurants Lose COVID-19 Relief They Were Promised as Revitalization Fund Allowed to Dry Up
This f*cking sucks.

French Regions Are Fighting to Become the ‘World Capital’ of Wine
It’s like where is Amazon going to put its new HQ.

Tobacco giant Altria Group to sell wine business for $1.2 billion
The bigge$t new$ thi$ week.

Washington Winery Sale Raises Questions
Blake Gray’s take.

Sold! What The Ste. Michelle Sale Means for Washington’s Wine Industry
Sean Sullivan’s take.

A Toast to Women Wine Trailblazers on the East End
Some Long Island ladies.

Texas wines are coming of age, and the Hill Country offers grape expectations
Texas wine is a thing.

Behind America’s Unexpected Cool-Climate Wine Region, Michigan
Michigan wine is a thing, too.

Israel’s Negev Desert could help winegrowers survive climate change
Some interesting varieties grown there.

The Mission is getting a cool-kid dance party spot that serves hardcore natural wines
Tragically hip.

“Carbon Capture During Fermentation Could Make Wine a Negative-Emission Industry”
A very thoughtful look at winery carbon footprints.

As California wineries lose insurance, some fear this fire season will be their last
This is a very scary story.

Violent Storms Rip Through Italy’s Gattinara Region, Pelting Vines with Hail

Wine Demand is Turning Negative, Defying Good News
Rob is the market whisperer.

In Praise Of Assyrtiko
Peter Pharos charts some change.

In California, A New Strategy to Fight Grapevine-Killing Bacteria
Nice article on the work to combat Pierce’s disease.

Turning the Tables on Marcy Gordon
Another profile of a writer.

Napa tourism boom hampered by lingering COVID-19 impacts
It’s called a labor shortage. And it sucks.