Good Reads Wednesday

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte Rosé)

jeff-smEvery 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.

Wine Is Not an Immunity to Foreclosure

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/around-town/food-drink/Wine-Is-Not-an-Immunity-to-Foreclosures-87156302.html

Report of the financial condition of Napa Valley wineries, and it’s not a pretty picture. Ten unnamed wineries are likely to be sold under distress or be foreclosed. Many others report their financial condition to be very weak or on life support. The drastic decline in wine pricing has made it difficult to sell wine and break even, much less make a profit. I think everyone is real nervous.

Invasive moth threatens wine grape crop

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/12/MN8I1CDPMV.DTL

It seems every few years there’s a new threat to the grape-grower. The European grapevine moth has made an appearance in the heart of Napa Valley. This pest may be even more of a threat than the Light Brown Apple Moth, which attacks the foliage, but which, unlike the European grapevine moth, leaves the fruit alone.

L’Ermitage My Old Friend

http://wannabewino.com/2010/03/12/lermitage-my-old-friend/

Sonadora reviews L”Ermitage, which I think has to be about the best value in sparkling wines. Not super cheap, but for around $40 you get something that competes with the really fine Champagnes.

A Delicate Balance

Natalie MacLean

http://palatepress.com/2010/03/a-delicate-balance/

I saw this only a few days after my post on wine and food pairings. This post goes into way more detail on the subject that I do, but I think it pretty much arrives at the same place.

Food friendliness

The Wine Sooth

http://www.redwinebuzz.com/winesooth/2010/03/08/food-friendliness/

I guess this is the week for wine/food pairing articles. Arthur’s take is a little different and a little more complex than mine.

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

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