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.

Red Wine Helps Cardiovascular Health, But Is It the Alcohol or Something Else?

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/42428

The latest study seems to indicate that both the alcohol and the non-alcohol contents of red wine help the cardiovascular system, at least in those who have already had a heart attack.

Ten Things Every Small Winery Must Know

Tom Wark’s Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2010/03/ten-things-every-small-winery-must-know.html

An interesting 10 things that Wark believes are at the heart of success for a small winery, at least as far as marketing is concerned. An excellent list, but I’m not sure how a really small winery could accomplish all those things.

Why I’m not an ABCer

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/03/30/why-im-not-an-abcer/

Is Chardonnay the greatest California white wine? Does the best Chardonnay need oak? Steve answers both in the affirmative. I’m sure others will disagree.

On Generic Wine Lists

The Pour by Eric Asimov

http://thepour.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/on-generic-wine-lists/#more-2831

This article struck a chord with me. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite and convenient places to get a quick bite to eat is Taylor’s Steak House. Nothing spectacular—just good simple food. But the wine list is a total bore. Not bad wines, but the same old ones you’ve seen a million times before. I’m not sure why restaurants can’t be a little more adventuresome in putting together their wine lists.

Wine Writing in the Time of Technology

Ben Simons

http://palatepress.com/2010/03/wine-writing-technology/

The heart of this article is the fact that the writer scores wines, but, in his own words, considers “wine scores… essentially empty numbers, devoid of any real meaning”. I’m not sure he makes his case one way or the other, but the post is well worth reading.

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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