by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Every Wednesday I post my recommendations of the best of last week’s postings concerning wine, whether blogs or news. I list them in the order I read them, so you shouldn’t infer anything about the order in which I list these posts.
The last word on single-blind, double-blind and open tasting
I personally believe tastings should be double-blind. I sort of understand the argument for single blind since there is an argument that a wine should be “typical” of its type. I see no argument at all for open tasting, which is, to me, nothing more than an invitation to bias. One thing I think we can be pretty sure of though: this will not be Heimoff’s “last word” on single-blind, double-blind and open tasting.
When sommeliers go wild
Heimoff is critical of a sommelier who is more concerned with his wine list than what the customer really wants. And I am quite sure that Heimoff is correct on this point. Still, I can’t help but sympathize with the sommelier. I forget which Justice of the Supreme Court it was that said it, but the quote went something like this: “we are not final because we are infallible; we are infallible because we are final.” It really is the same with the consumer. The consumer may be well educated and informed or downright stupid and pretentious. It doesn’t matter. “The customer is always right.”
Terroir in Pinot Noir: an approach, and a problem
If there’s one thing we really needed it was another article on terroir. I’ve always felt that the whole concept was overrated, though not entirely nonexistent. At any rate, here are Heimoff’s views on the subject, at least as they concern Pinot Noir in California.
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