Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/9/24

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.

Napa Winemaking Icon Warren Winiarski Dies at 95 – various coverage
Wine Spectator
The SF Chronicle
The Drinks Business
The Press Democrat

Wine Grifter Omar Khan Gets Two Years
Many people will be happy about this.

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2024 revealed
Thierry Gaudillère wins again.

Patz & Hall founder returns to a very different wine industry
Adam Lee reflects on change.

Collecting on a budget – the Americas
Jancis looks west.

Hail destroys up to 1,500ha of vineyards in Penedès

Terry Robards, 84, Dies; Lifted Fine Wines in America as a Times Critic
Another early luminary gone.

Devil’s Advocate: Falling Wine Sales. Maybe Taylor Swift is the Answer
More influencers, says Robert Joseph.

After Explosive Growth, French Rosé Sales Slow
Jumped the shark?

Ukrainian vintners in Napa Valley learning to rebuild their wine industry
Excellent initiative.

Vineyards Are Shrinking Worldwide: the Evidence
A correction.

Pour One Out
A look at the history of health and alcohol. And make sure to read the last 3 paragraphs.

Inside Sonoma’s Thriving LGBTQ+ Wine Scene
Love all, serve all.

Feds grill ex-workers from iconic NYC wine shop Sherry-Lehmann as fraud probe heats up: sources
The slow train wreck continues.

Barolo 2020: A Thing of Beauty
Another great vintage, says Tom Hyland.

Direct-to-Consumer Shipping and Underage Consumption
Take that, wholesalers.

Sips & Bytes – Andrew Groom
Another wine luminary profiled.

Devil’s Advocate: Time to Promote Wine on the Rocks
Anything to get people to drink more wine?

Napa Valley has lush vineyards and wineries – and a pollution problem
The Guardian stirs the pot.

Demand for low and non-alcoholic wine drives innovation in Sonoma, Napa and beyond
The boom is real.

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband accused of swindling investor in their California winery
Gossip gossip.

Wine in the US: A fraught evolution
Trying to answer the question why America doesn’t love wine more.

Does California wine use too much water?
Not compared to almonds (or most other crops).

From Google to Grignolino
David and Sam get a visit from Robert Camuto.

Have Wine for Breakfast, Put On a 51-Pound Suit and Get to the Battlefield
OK, OK. I just liked the headline.

Is Black Wine the New Orange?
Teinturier is fun to say.

Theopolis Vineyards owner has been creating wine, opportunities for more than 20 years
A pioneer in wine and doing good.

How French winemakers outwitted the Nazis
Viva la Resistance!

Not All Great Super Tuscans Are Red—Get to Know the Region’s Outstanding White Wines
Definitely overlooked.

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