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.

From Georgia. The Country.

Sonadora

http://wannabewino.com/2010/10/19/from-georgia-the-country/

I’m always glad to see some attention given to off the road varietals. In this post, Sonadora favorably reviews a wine from the country of Georgia composed of Chinebuli, Mtsvane and Tsitska.

The change has been the 100 point system, not “authenticity”

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/10/21/the-change-has-been-the-100-point-system-not-authenticity/

Heimoff takes on Matt Kramer’s view that the change in the wine world over the last few decades has been the trend toward more “authentic” wines. Or has it, in Heimoff’s view, been the trend to awarding high scores to rich and ripe wines? Personally, I can’t come to grips with what “authentic” means when it comes to wine—it’s a pretty nebulous idea. I think Heimoff has the better of this argument.

It’s All About Authenticity

Matt Kramer

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/43852

Here’s Kramer’s contra view to Heimoff’s, for what it’s worth. I don’t find a lot to agree with here.

“Booze Dollars” vs. “Dope Dollars”

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2010/10/booze-dollars-vs-dope-dollars.html

California might legalize marijuana on November 2. What will be the effect on wine sales? Wark doesn’t offer a very definite answer, but certainly raises the question.

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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