Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 12/12/21

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.

Trailblazing Italian Producer Andrea Franchetti Dies
A sad loss. He was a visionary.

Farewell Andrea Franchetti (1949–2021)
Jancis’ thoughts.

Andrea Franchetti: Obituary
Decanter’s thoughts.

‘This Problem Will Only Get Worse’: Wine Regions Grapple with Labor Market, Supply Chain
Nowhere near done with this.

Carboniste Makes Corralitos Sparkle
With great pedigree.

California’s Winery Sale Carousel
Blake charts the stats of the players.

The Insider’s Wine Guide to Colombo
Fun to hear what Sri Lankans are drinking.

Expanding Perspective
Wilfred Wong on Asians in wine.

Napa County ponders a new question – how small can a winery be?
A really important question.

Old & Obscure Is New & Cool in Wine Country
Except, climate change ain’t a bugaboo.

Here Are the Names and Words You Will be Hearing in 2022
John and Dottie do a different sort of prediction.

‘We are heartbroken.’ Massive fire that destroyed part of Finger Lakes winery ruled accidental

I Say Variety, You Say Varietal, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Wine
Gonna stick with variety, personally, but trying not to judge if you don’t.

Oregon Welcomes its 22nd American Viticultural Area (AVA): Lower Long Tom
And there is no Upper Tall Tom. Yet.

Portland’s Hip Chicks Do Wine burglarized, charity donations stolen
A special place in hell…

NBA star Dwyane Wade: ‘I got into wine to be a voice for black makers’
Nice profile.

What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Fine Wine’?
The good stuff, of course!

Encore: Sula Vineyards makes wine in India’s unlikely terroir
NPR on Indian wine.

What is a Wine Importer and What Do They Do?
A primer with some archetypal examples.

The Trials of the Burgundy Négociant
Scarcity hurts everyone.

The Market for Single-Serve Wines Has Grown in the Pandemic, But So Have the Challenges
Interesting to see how long this trend lasts.

Is There Butter in That Chardonnay?
Almost, says Meg Maker.

More Than a Wine, Lambrusco is a Cultural Phenomenon
And it’s fund to drink with pizza.

Don’t Wait to Buy Burgundy Wines
You might be too late.

Is That Dill in Your Wine?
Where do all those smells come from?