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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/8/23

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.

After a 17-year battle, Napa’s most controversial vineyard is going to an unexpected owner
The Halls take the tax writeoff instead of fighting the county.

In: Light Reds. Out: TBD.
Jason Wilson calls his trends.

Buying Influence in the Wine World
The many many ways.

China to fast evolve beyond ‘safe’ Bordeaux blends
Call it Phase Two.

Wine Labels and their Discontents
Mike Veseth on ingredient labeling.

‘Murder Mountain’ Makes Killer Pinot Noir
Humboldt wine. It’s a thing.

Can Wine Beat The Odds In 2023?
Strong headwinds on that island that used to be part of the EU.

Police seize 300 bottles of Champagne in raid
Nothing quite like drinking bubbly whilst shooting your crossbow.

The Wine Viking at Home in Sicily
The wandering Dane settles down.

‘Wine is so Latino, it hurts’: What it means to be a Latino vintner in a white-dominated field
Great article.

Wineries Take Role as Forest Guardians
Plant more trees.

The Legacy of Luciano Sandrone

Barolo Icon Luciano Sandrone Dies at 76
The Spectator obit.

What Is the Future for American Wine Négociants?
Bright, it seems.

Deere & Co. will allow farmers to repair their own equipment
Sounds esoteric, but this is a big deal.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Peter Bell — A ‘Gentle Titan’ in the Finger Lakes
Mr. Finger Lakes.

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Remy Drabkin — A Universal Drive for Holistic Equity
I am happy to know about her now.

South Australia wine producer loses $1m worth of grapes in floods
At the wrong time, they’re devastating.

Older generation in France blamed for domestic wine lull
Blame grandmere.

Profiles in wine: Shauna Rosenblum reflects on a winery childhood; being the first woman winemaker at Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs winery
The lady of Lytton Springs.

The Sad Decline of the Queen of New York Wine Stores
More on the slide to decrepitude.

Get to Know Germany’s Booming Natural Wine Scene
Thats schwefelfrei to you!

‘Groundbreaking’: the advantage of using paper wine bottles in Japan
They don’t break when the ground shakes.

Why 2021 Burgundy will be an unusual vintage
There ain’t much of it.

How Low Yields Are Spurring Texas Winemakers’ Creativity
But don’t ask Wine Enthusiast how they taste.

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