Good Reads Wednesday

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

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.

Vintners predicting smaller grape crop

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20101005/ARTICLES/101009708/1350?Title=Vintners-predicting-smaller-grape-crop&tc=ar

This year’s crop, hampered by both cooler weather and sunburn, is the lightest in quite a while.

Reopening the blind vs. open tasting debate

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/10/04/reopening-the-blind-vs-open-tasting-debate/

Should wines be tasted blind, to avoid any bias on the taster? Or should they be tasted open, so that the taster knows what he’s tasting and can evaluate it in context? This post examines the pros and cons of each.

Points, Counter-Points

Palate Press

http://palatepress.com/2010/10/points-counter-points/

Are wine scores a good thing? Rémy Charest and W. Blake Gray argue the point.

In praise of mature wine

Dr. Vino

http://www.drvino.com/2010/10/07/in-praise-mature-old-wine/

This article makes the case for older wines. I’ve always been of two minds on the subject. Most older wines just aren’t that good, but when you hit one that is, it’s a real treat. But it seems you need to go through quite a few tired wines to find that one gem.

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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