by 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.
A Glimpse of Suisun Valley’s Diversity
Since nearly all of my wines come from Suisun Valley, I’m always happy to see it get some of the press its next-door neighbor, Napa, gets in abundance. This article recounts the trip that Arthur and I took to taste some of the valley’s latest offerings. It also manages to express some opinions, with which I heartedly agree, on where Suisun Valley’s future should lie.
Leafroll: A quiet threat in the vineyard
This article examines in some detail some of the issues surrounding Leafroll virus, its effect on the vine, how it spreads, and its ultimate effect on the resulting wine. I personally find it hard to believe that Leafroll virus is a good means to retard maturity and sugar levels. True, it has that effect, but hard to see how a disease is a good way to get there.
Helen Turley the greatest? Don’t get me started
Heimoff doesn’t hold back any punches in this criticism of both the Spectator and Turley.
Wine and the Clean Butt Theory of Advertising
A humorous look at the prohibition against the subject of inebriation in wine advertising.
Consumer interactions as opportunities for brand failure and success
On the importance of catering to the consumer in trying to establish a wine brand in the marketplace.
For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.