Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/28/24

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.

Villian of the Pièce
Simon Woolf grapples with an age-old question.

The Rocky Rollout of California’s New Bottle Bill
Glad I’m not a winery.

The trees and the wines of Vergelegen
More to wine than vines.

Five East Bay women taking wine to new places
Great profiles.

Global wine demand drops to 27-year low as high prices hit
Cheery news, eh?

China drives decline in global wine consumption in 2023
But maybe it’s China’s fault?

Chinese-owned Napa Winery Suffers 7-year Loss of over RMB 100 Million
A Napa winery I’ve never heard of.

A 385-Year-Old French Winery Targets No-Alcohol Wine
Hugel goes April Fools.

The Sonoma Winemaker Quietly Crafting Some of the Region’s Best Pinot Noir
Ross Cobb gets a profile.

Bordeaux En Primeur Springs into Life
A report from the annual catwalk show.

Was California’s Wine Revolution Just a Mirage?
Bad title, good article.

Village Burgundy could be a ‘gateway’ to new wine consumers in China
Until it, too, becomes too expensive?

A Wine by Any Other Name
How much does a wine’s name matter? Asks Kathleen Willcox.

James Hall On Taking Back His Winery, Patz & Hall
The backstory.

A thoroughly researched volume to square up to the neo-temperance lobby
Give the man a megaphone.

Wine brands refusing to target India are missing a trick
Sonal knows the market.

Grüner Veltliner white wine could be the toast of Pennsylvania, study suggests
Everyone wants a signature variety.

This 8th-generation NJ business is the king of kosher wines. Passover is its ‘Super Bowl’
Herzog profiled.

The fine achievement of Restless River
Profile of an excellent SA producer.

Vino in Wartime
The Russian wine import situation.

An Honest Conversation About Making Money in Wine
The beginning of a conversation that more should be having.

Neo-Prohibitionists and What the Wine Trade Can Do
Report from a panel discussion.

Interview: David Adelsheim on the Establishment and Evolution of the Willamette Valley AVA
David is such a sweetheart.

Wine needs more informal promotion
Wine needs more promotion, period.

Why Falanghina Is Winning Over Winemakers
Love me some Falanghina Flegrea.

Germany: Fifty Years at the VDP Mainzer Weinbörse
Trends? Drier. Redder.

Over the line: The complexities of US cross-state-border AVAs
Somewhat geeky questions. But interesting.

Sonoma Coast: 2021 vintage report and 2022 preview
Clive finds things to like on the Sonoma Coast.

Who Owns the Most Vineyard Land in Napa?
And land = $$$$$.

Spring frosts strike German vineyards
The 2024 vintage is shaping up to be quite a doozy in Europe.

Spring Frost in France Causes Up to 90% Reduction in Vineyard Yields
Like I said.

An introduction to Japanese wine
An excellent primer.

Napa Valley’s world famous wineries revolt against ‘abusive’ bureaucrats who have stopped them planting trees, making jam and…making too much wine
You know things are crazy when the Daily Mail starts writing about Napa.

Aldo Fiordelli: ‘Deep historical reasons connect Italians to the bitter taste in wine’
Claims of an “Italian palate.”

CEO of Domaine Carneros says developing human capital is key to retaining skilled employees
Remi knows.

Is the industry ready for CBD wine?
If you can’t do THC wine, well then…

Gang member turned investigative reporter launches his first wine
Heck of a story.

As Cava winemakers celebrate their patron saint, the future of their industry is looking increasingly shaky.
Tough times for Spanish bubbly.

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