Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/15/23

Hello, and 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.

Luciano Sandrone 1947–2023
Walter Speller remembers a great of Piemonte.

Why no fame for the wines of Spain?
Some very good points made here.

Why the region of Moravia needs to be your next wine discovery
Czech it out!

More than half of Bordeaux winemakers ‘earning less than minimum wage’
Unsustainable to be sure, but who’s to blame?

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Susana Cueva Drumwright
Inspiring to be sure.

Burgundy Prices Carry on Regardless
Onwards and ever upwards.

Champagne Says its Prayers
Prayers for no recession.

Seeking the Source: Why Swiss Wine Trends Matter
An informative journey up the river.

Supreme Court Denies Cert on Retailer DtC Shipping – What Does That Mean?
A disappointment to be sure.

Three Wineries Ushering In a New Era of Armenian Winemaking
Very cool. Three new names for me.

Michael Martini, Third-Generation Napa Winemaker, Dies at Age 73
A majorly influential pioneer of the modern Napa Valley.

The Secret Ingredient in a Slovenian Valley’s Food and Wine Is Wind
Don’t mess with the Burja.

How Winery Incubators Are Making the Industry More Accessible
Cool stories.

Now isn’t the time to drink wine from a Spanish porron. Or is it? | Opinion
If you put your mouth on it, you’re doing it wrong.

These wine stars are taking over a major vineyard in this coveted Napa region
Favia upgrades. Wonder if some investment was involved?

Natural Wine Labels Are Famously Opaque—and Winemakers Are Angry About It
They’re not angry at the labels. They’re angry at the appellation system.

Thieves steal hundreds of fine wines in Austria and Norway
A special place in hell.

One thing the California storms are good for: vineyards
Replenishment is the operative word.

How Orange Wine’s Popularity Is Educating a New Generation of Wine Drinkers
Continues to make headlines.

What is the oldest bottle of wine in the world?
For your trivia night with wine geeks.

California Wine’s Soggy Start to the New Year
Needed a snorkel.