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.

Little optimism for coastal wine grapes

http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/little-optimism-coastal-wine-grapes-0506/

The title says it all. Another bleak year for vineyards being forecast.

Big corporations can’t do fine wine

http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=74003

After my article on why smaller wineries make the best wine, this article appeared, in which Michael Mondavi echoed the same sentiment.

No heart benefits in chocolate, wine

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Health/2010/05/11/No_heart_benefits_in_chocolate_wine_460844.html

The Hear Foundation claims there’s not real benefit to drinking red wine when it comes to heart health.

Does Machine Harvesting Lower Wine Quality?

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2010/05/does_machine_harvesting_lower.html

Vinography weighs in on the subject of machine harvesting, the subject of one of my recent posts at http://artisanfamilyofwines.com/blog/?p=1140. Contrary to my opinion on the subject, Vinography concludes that hand harvested produces the better wine. I can’t agree. I think we should beware of jumping to the conclusion that hand harvested wines are better because they are hand harvested. It’s more likely that smaller producers are more likely to produce better wines, and they are more likely to use hand harvesting. But they would probably produce just as good a product if they machine harvested.

Creating a New Breed of Vine with Randall Grahm

http://palatepress.com/2010/05/creating-a-new-breed-of-vine-with-randall-grahm/

Randall Graham’s effort to create new varietals from seeds. A tough task since he’s trying to do in relatively short amount of time what plant breeders have taken decades if not centuries to accomplish.

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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