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.

This week has to be record for the number of recommendations.

Freakonomics: Do wine experts or prices matter?

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/30/pm-freakonomics-do-wine-experts-or-prices-matter/

The title says it all. And the answer is no, despite the desperation of people to have some reliable indicators of quality.

Glaxo halts development of Sirtris’s resveratrol

http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2010/12/02/glaxo_halts_development_of_sirtriss_resveratrol/

This attempt to develop a resveratrol drug was a total failure.

Dan Berger: Try the outliers when looking for winter wines

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20101201/LIFESTYLE/101129546?p=1&tc=pg

A few commonsense words of advice about wine and winter.

Feds Debate Stricter Wine-Label Rules

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44158

Do more of the terms used on wine labels need to be strictly defined? No doubt, much of what appears on wine labels is fluff without meaning, but I wonder if the TTB can make much more sense of this.

When All That’s Required is Alcohol in Liquid Form

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2010/11/when-all-thats-required-is-alcohol-in-liquid-form.html

I found this post interesting for the proposition that sometimes you just want a simple wine that provides alcohol and not much else. It’s not a proposition that I can agree with, though.

Drink that oxidized white wine

Wine Sooth

http://www.redwinebuzz.com/winesooth/2010/12/02/drink-that-oxidized-white-wine/

Oxidized white wines have never been my cup of tea, but this article takes the contrary view (within limits). It’s always interesting to see that one man’s flaw isn’t a problem for others.

Good wine, like life, can be from anywhere

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2010/12/03/good-wine-like-life-can-be-from-anywhere/

Some commonsense observations about how inland California can produce great wines, and it’s not by aping what coastal regions, with entirely different environments, do.

Corked wine etiquette

Dr. Vino

http://www.drvino.com/2010/11/27/corked-wine-etiquette-protocol-guest/

It’s always a big problem knowing what to do when someone shows up with a prized wine that turns out to be corked. I usually just say it’s corked, but that doesn’t win me many brownie points with my guest. At any rate, Dr. Vino has some interesting thoughts on what to do.

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE FARM ADVISOR!

Biodynamics is a Hoax

http://biodynamicshoax.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/honey-i-shrunk-the-farm-advisor/

I’m constantly amazed at how successfully this non-evidence based cult can succeed based on little more than hot air. But succeed it does.

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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