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.
Report: Brown-Forman to sell wine business
Major restructurings in the wine business in light of poor performance over the last few years.
The Fine Line Between Wine Snob and Wine Enthusiast
This post is interesting for several reasons. First, it highlights the difficulty of even experienced tasters in identifying a wine’s origins. A wine neophyte, guessing totally at random, did a better job of identifying the wines he was tasting than experienced tasters. This is pretty much par for the course, though many refuse to believe it. Second, the article emphasizes the difference between a wine enthusiast and a wine snob. It’s okay to be excited and enchanted by wine, but it’s not okay to lord it over those who may (or may not) be less perceptive.
Champagne fact & fiction
A quick but to the point summary of wine knowledge on the subject of Champagne.
The best non-book gift for wine geeks to give: good stemware
Nothing spoils a good wine like bad stemware. It’s amazing the difference a good glass makes.
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