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Good Reads Wednesday

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

jeff-smby 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.

Why grocery stores love wine

Wine Curmudgeon

http://winecurmudgeon.com/why-grocery-stores-love-wine/

Some interesting statistics on wine sales in grocery stores.

Do Tasting Rooms Take Away Sales from Distributors?

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2014/08/procter-gamble-has-long-been-respected.html#more

Do Tasting Rooms Take Away Sales from Distributors? Clearly the answer is yes. Do they take away enough sales to matter? Clearly the answer is no.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.

Good Reads Wednesday

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

jeff-smby 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

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/08/15/the-last-word-on-single-blind-double-blind-and-open-tasting/#sthash.d931hj2T.dpuf

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

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/08/14/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

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/08/12/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.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.

Good Reads Wednesday

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

jeff-smby 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 Romance of Terroir is Most Important…Not the Truth

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2014/08/romance-terroir-important-truth/

I have to agree with Wark. Terroir does exist and it is important. Just not so much as a viticultural or enological concept, but as a marketing one. But if you want to sell your wine….

Talking about tasting room staff

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/08/08/talking-about-tasting-room-staff/

Having worked in our tasting room, I’ve had the experience of seeing how impressive theories about wine meet with what is required to satisfy the consumer and sell a few bottles of wine. This post deals with some of the same sorts of issues, and Heimoff intends to spend some time pouring in the tasting room and report on it. Should be interesting.

Research suggests fruit flies could be responsible for wine’s pleasant aromas

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/research-suggests-fruit-flies-could-be-responsible-for-wines-pleasant-aromas

Just when you’re beginning to forget how complex the whole subject of winemaking is, you read an article like this and get reminded.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.

Good Reads Wednesday

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

jeff-smby 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.

Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/07/30/is-terroir-a-social-construct-or-an-objective-fact/#sthash.IlJykrgh.dpuf

I have often written on my belief that the whole concept of terroir is overblown. And I continue to believe that. I can’t say that it is a total fabrication, but certainly overblown. In this post, Heimoff addresses the assertion that terroir has more to do with the social fabric that forms in an area (think Silicon Valley) than it does with the soil, climate, etc. I really don’t believe it is an either/or situation. Both contribute. The best social network is not going to produce great wines in Antarctica. And it takes a certain level of social interaction of winemakers and entrepreneurs to make great wines no matter where you’re at.

Who has the best job in wine?

Wine Curmudgeon

http://winecurmudgeon.com/who-has-the-best-job-in-wine/

I appreciated this post most for recognizing how much drudgery goes into making fine wine.

Is it the Right Time to Start a Second Label?

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2014/07/is-it-right-time-to-start-second-label.html#more

Is it a good idea to start a second label? The answer here is, in most cases, no.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.

Good Reads Wednesday

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

jeff-smby 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.

I weigh in on Jamie Goode’s post on “natural wine”

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/07/22/i-weigh-in-on-jamie-goodes-post-on-natural-wine/

More on “natural wine”. The whole subject becomes much easier to understand once you own up to the fact that it’s a marketing concept, not a winemaking concept.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.