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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 9/3/23

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.

Napa Valley icon Rombauer Vineyards sold to wine giant
The big news this week.

Buzzy Napa winery sells to America’s largest wine company. Here’s why
The other big news this week.

The Robert Kacher Interview
Terry Theise talks with Bobby.

Decoding the Complicated Color Wheel of Wines
Eric Asimov taxonimizes.

Devil’s Advocate: How Green are Today’s Young Wine Drinkers?
Not as green as we think, says Robert Joseph.

Building a Queer Community in the Wine Industry
Movin’ and shakin’.

Comte Alexandre de Lur Saluces (1934–2023): Quality at all costs
A remembrance.

New Report Describes Polarized Wine Industry and Raises Questions Over PDOs
Robert Joseph digs deep.

The Luxurious Rise of the Youngest Black-Owned Wine Company
The story of Michael Levelle.

This East Bay Collective Is Helping People of Color Break Into the Competitive World of Wine
Cool story.

A Guide to Napa Valley, California Wine Country’s Crown Jewel
The Vogue luxe guide.

Georgian Wine Producers Lose up to 100% of their Vines in Storms Affecting 4,600ha

Is New York City’s Lanternfly Killing Spree Working?
If you see it, stomp it.

Taittinger mistress convicted of harassment following sex life allegations
So…. French.

China now has its first Demeter certified winery

New Jersey Court Makes Long-Awaited Decision on Wine Shipping Case
And we’re probably headed back to the Supreme Court.

France’s Destruction of Surplus Wine Hints at an Existential Wine Crisis
Zombies won’t drink wine.

Vayots Dzor: Brand new ancient
The oldest terroir?

How California’s ‘First Family of Chardonnay’ Also Saved American Sauvignon Blanc
Wente FTW.

Building a Wine Movement for Underrepresented People and Grape Varieties Alike
A name to know.

Wildfires force Sicilian winemakers to grapple with climate change
Joining the rest of the world on fire.

Prosecco faces ‘annus horribilis’
A tough weather year.

Where to Next for Washington Wine?
Liza Zimmerman looks for the silver lining.

SevenFifty Daily’s 2023 Drinks Innovators
An excellent list.

The Man Who Escaped Lockdown: A Shanghai Wine Tale
Tales from the pandemic.

Assessing the 11 Paso Robles sub-AVAs after their first decade
As usual, very thoughtful analysis from Jason.

How the McBride Sisters Are Building a New Legacy in California Wine Country
Their star seems definitely to be rising.

Greek wine production to drop by 30% in 2023 due to fungus
Downy mildew strikes.

The Science Behind Noble Rot Wines
Understanding Botrytis.

Chinese laborers that helped build Napa’s wine industry to be honored with sign unveiling on Labor Day
An erased history.

New Zealand Wine Exports Increase by an Unprecedented 23 Percent
And the Kiwis cheer.

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