Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/18/21

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.

The Most Important Grape You’ve Never Tasted
Good old Gouais Blanc.

Sonoma Wines That Pay Homage to the Rhône
Syrah from the Petaluma Gap.

Rediscovering Ancient French Grape Varieties

Biodynamic Wine That Aligns With Sharing
More diverse voices.

How to Blind Taste Wine Like A Champion
Better with friends.

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Life of Vintner Jim Clendenen

The Rise of the American-Style Red Blend
A good history lesson from Jeff Siegel.

White Wines Worth Putting in The Cellar
Don’t agree with all the specific suggestions, but yes, age your whites!

Climate change is affecting wine flavours
The Economist, on wine.

A Wine Worth Waiting For
Eric Asimov on Bordeaux 2005.

Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes
Interesting. If only every country would do this.

Destruction in the Ahr Valley

Flooding Devastates Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Damaging Wineries in Ahr
Spectator’s coverage.

Germany’s floods cover livelihoods in sludge
More coverage.

A Bolivian adventure
Jancis follows Nayan’s Bolivian work.

Mildew Threatens French Grape Harvest
It’s a serious problem.

Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country
This is also a serious problem.

Massive Change Proposed for Champagne
Bring on the tractors, they’re saying.

Judge refuses to throw out legal case over misleading wine labels
Wagners will have to deal with a class action in court.

Grape Contracts, Wildfire, and Smoke Exposure
Fallout, if you will, from fires.

California wine grower report alleges 2020 ‘predatory conduct’ in smoke rejections. Winery attorneys say there’s more to the story
More details.

Two Rods and a ‘Sixth Sense’: In Drought, Water Witches are Swamped
Because witchcraft will save us, right?

More ready to evacuate in Oregon as massive Bootleg Fire passes 340,000 acres
And we’re just starting what is “normally” fire season.

Why Do People Fall In Love With One Particular Wine?
The mysteries of brand loyalty explained.

Biden to Take on Big Wine
Blake Gray speculates on scrutiny.

California Winery Owner Arrested over Lobbying
Dirty business.