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.

2009 California Wine Shipments to the U.S. Rise Modestly: Retail Value Falls 3% as Consumers Trade Down

http://wineinstitute.org/resources/pressroom/04082010

Another reflection of the demise of the wine industry. As margins get squeezed, the oversupply of wine results in reduced pricing in every aspect of the industry. Hopefully, this is the trough, from which a revived industry will emerge, albeit over time.

Jackson to close grapevine nursery

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/20162/jackson-to-close-grapevine-nursery/?tc=ar

Shrinking demand drove the Jackson nursery out of business. Another reflection of the times. Why would anyone want to start up a new vineyard when you can’t make any money on the ones you’ve got?

Nopaywinedistributors.com

http://www.nopaywinedistributors.com/

An interesting new website that allows users to rate distributors, and how well they pay. Sure does seem like getting paid these days is a big problem.

Is wine quality objective or subjective in nature?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/04/19/is-wine-quality-objective-or-subjective-in-nature/

The latest on the subjective vs. objective dispute re: wine quality. Seems like Heimoff is leaning towards the subjective. Interesting stance for a wine reviewer.

Who let the cat out?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/04/16/who-let-the-cat-out/

I’m glad that someone else is coming down hard on Sauvignon Blanc’s that smell like cat pee. While I’m pretty far to the subjective view on wine tasting, I make an exception for the unripe style of Sauvignon Blanc.

Another Reason to Buy Boxed Wine… if You Live in California

Wine Blog by Jo Diaz

http://wine-blog.org/index.php/2010/04/19/another-reason-to-buy-boxed-wine-if-you-live-in-california/

A plug for boxed wines. I’m in favor of anything that gets us all off our high horses when it comes to wine. Boxed wine is fine for the informal occasion.

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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