Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/5/23

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.

Ed Woodward’s transfer to wine: ‘Manchester United feels a world away’
Interview by Guy Woodward (no relation).

A drink with… Emily Wines MS
The Decanter US interview.

Black wine professionals in Sonoma County share their stories of grit and grace
Names to know.

‘Every year we sell out’: Why this under-the-radar red wine is suddenly in vogue
Cabernet Franc gets its moment in the spotlight.

Bordeaux court convicts suspects in major wine fraud case
Prison and paying.

Donald Hess, who revolutionized Napa Valley wine tourism with art, dies at 86
Another pioneer gone.

Napa Valley wine pioneer Donald Hess dies aged 86
Decanter obit.

Andy Erickson has been called a “rock star” winemaker, but he’s too busy to listen to the flattery.
Tom Hyland interviews.

Reeze Choi, top Hong Kong sommelier, prepares to take on Paris
The preparation regime.

Welcome to Georgia’s Dahlonega Plateau AVA
No, not THAT Georgia. The one closer to home.

Brazil’s Altos de Pinto Bandeira becomes first DO exclusively for sparkling wines in the New World
First in the New World.

What’s the most useless glass bottle? One that never leaves the winery.
As usual. Jason Haas has it arights.

Switching Ukraine’s Mines to Vines
An important effort.

Jean-Luc Colombo on Cornas, the ‘hidden treasure’ in the Rhône
Hidden may be overstating the case.

Growing together: Rheinhessen wine’s power couple
Great article.

Meet the new grand crew of California wine
An… interesting list.

The bourgeois war on French wine
Tough times in Bordeaux.

Uncovering the hidden gems of Bolgheri
Hard to see for all the glitz and glamour.

Can wineries reuse their glass bottles? This woman thinks so…
A nice profile of Annie le Dneuff

Climate change has already come for this vineyard. But the wines don’t taste like you’d expect
A look at Prima Materia.

Storms are another disaster for Sonoma County farmworkers who call for more aid
We have to take care of the people who farm.

We Need To Talk About Wine Talk
A discussion about language.

How Xige Estate has global ambitions for premium Chinese Ningxia wine
Richard Siddle on Chinese wine.

Giuseppe Benanti, Who Helped Spark Mount Etna’s Wine Renaissance, Dies at 78
A giant of Etna passes.

Do green credentials sell wine?
Barely, says Jamie Goode (albeit with a decidedly UK POV)

‘We’re One of the Very Few Winners in a World Full of Losers’: How English Wine Is Benefiting From Climate Change
Happy until they keep rising.

Tiny wine options find home in B.C.’s market
Tiny packaging, not tiny wineries.

California farmworkers cope with wildfire smoke, pesticides, roaches and rodents, survey says
We can do better than this.

Wildfires in Chile rip through historic vineyards and destroy wineries
Tragic. Please buy Itata and Bio Bio Wines.

The Valuable and Unanticipated Lessons Ballet Taught Me About Wine
Alfonso puts on the tights.

Is Prohibition returning?
New Year, Neo Prohibitionists.

Margins? What Margins? The Big Squeeze in Winegrowing 2023
And this without Europe’s governmental subsidies.

Mexico’s Hot New Wine Region is a History Lover’s Dream
Guanajuato, not Baja.

Wine giant E. & J. Gallo fined after wastewater discharged into California river

A luxurious new wine bar hopes to revive a neglected corner of downtown S.F.
Another place to sit and sip.

This fizzy red wine conjures up an Italian vacation
And who doesn’t need an Italian vacation right about now?

Reports Say Young Drinkers Are Over Wine. What Do Winemakers Think?
Ask people in the bubble?

Why ‘Warm Days, Cool Nights, And Special Soils’ Aren’t Attracting Young People To Wine
Messages that matter.

For Chinese Wine Lovers, It’s a Whole New World
A view from the local market.