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.

Zinfandel Steps Back From the Abyss

Eric Asimov

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/dining/13wine.html?pagewanted=1&th&emc=th

This tasting of Zinfandels is interesting on a number of points. First, the tasting included many wines that defy the common perception of zinfandel being a fruit bomb behemoth of a wine. These more balanced wines did well in the tasting. But also of interest is the discussion of alcohol levels, and the realization that many people like those behemoths, even if the panel did not.

Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol

Satoshi Kanazawa

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol

At least according to this one analysis, alcohol consumers are more intelligent than abstainers.

A Great Understanding of PR, and What You Could Learn From It ~ Seven Artisans

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2010/10/14/a-great-understanding-from-pr-and-what-you-could-learn-from-it/

Jo Diaz takes a look at the concept behind one of our brands, Seven Artisans.

Don’t Worship Your Wine. Just Drink It.

Vinography

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2010/10/dont_worship_your_wine_just_dr.html

What’s the point of buying a wine if you never drink it? Here, the idea that wine is just an investment that never gets consumed is examined.

More on the 2010 vintage

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/10/12/more-on-the-2010-vintage/

A mixed review of the 2010 vintage. Some say it’s a wonderful vintage, others that it’s been hard to ripen the grapes. I personally don’t think anyone is going to be looking back at this vintage with fondness. Will winemakers be able to make good wines this year? Of course, but it will take more work, both in the vineyard and the winery, than normal.

Meet Brett: Why You Do or Don’t Want It In Your Wine

Erika Szymanski

http://palatepress.com/2010/10/meet-brett-why-you-do-or-dont-want-it-in-your-wine/

A good primer on the subject of Brett.

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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