Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/17/24


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.

The $9.5 Million Hangover
Another wine con man with a lot of people angry at him.

A Life, a Departure, a Family Minus One
A sweet remembrance of Willi Schaefer.

Fine Wine isn’t wine, it’s just commerce
Words, words, words.

Keeping your nose clean
For Pete’s (and Victoria’s) sake!

‘It’s like Napa 30 years ago’: Big-name winemakers are decamping to this lesser-known region
The Paso boom.

This winemaker just bought back his winery from a giant conglomerate
Very impressive move. Not easy to do.

An American Woman Shakes Up The Way Wines Are Made In Tuscany
John Mariani profiles Jem Macy.

A California grape-growing legend has died
RIP Ron Mansfield.

Wine Forger Who Duped Hollywood Producers and California Billionaires Strikes Back
Friends don’t let friends give Rudy money.

What’s driving Japan’s love affair with wine certifications?
It’s a boom.

Is It Time to Retire the Term “Women Winemakers?”
“the opportunities are endless” ?? Bullshit. Davis graduates more women then men every year now from their Enology masters and has been for several years. But only 22% of winemakers in California are women.

Scientists prove drinking good wine ‘makes you happier’
Well… duh?

The Wine Industry’s Human Rights Challenge
Some parts of the industry more than others (ahem, Champagne).

These 9 women are making wine history in Arizona — and some seriously good bottles
AZ ladies to know.

Sales Slump Despite Champagne’s Big Talk
Bubbly jitters.

This Rising Star Sonoma Winemaker Is Bringing the Natural Wine Community Together
The man behind Magnolia.

Meet the Super Vino Bros, Natural Wine’s Unlikely Influencers
The certainly chose a great name.

Vineyards are being ripped out en masse — a troubling sign for California wine
Oversupply and underperform.

New-wave Spain – on the up
Jancis finds many things to love at good prices.

The New Gatekeepers
Alfonso is an excellent observer.

Wine Industry Champion Moya Dolsby: Bringing Idaho Wines and Cider into the Light
Idaho has real potential.

Can New Hybrids Make Great Wines?
Even the Italians want to know.

Make Albania Great Again
Makes me want to visit.

A Proposed Tax Is Dropped and Argentine Wineries Breathe a Sigh of Relief
A HUGE sigh of relief.

Latest Research Findings on Regenerative Viticulture
Pam Strayer offers a nice roundup.

Wine blogger from N.J. disappeared in Italy 5 years ago. FBI seeks help trying to find him.
Anyone got any leads?

Israel’s Flam and Tzora Wineries Buy in Bordeaux
Not just the Chinese these days.

Katherine Cole: ‘Yes, we are all doomed to die. But wine won’t do us in’
The Anti-abolitionists rise.

Eastward, Ho! Winegrowers Embrace England’s Rising Temperatures
England expands.

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