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.

Postmodern Winemaking

Biodynamics and the Limits of Rationalism

Clark Smith

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=columns_article&content=82315&columns_id=92&ctitle=Biodynamics%20and%20the%20Limits%20of%20Rationalism

I’m amazed when someone like Clark Smith, who views the world rationally and scientifically, has anything good to say about Biodynamics. But here it is. Acknowledging the zaniness of Biodynamics, he still has some good things to say about it, along with some bad things as well.

Dan Berger: Myths about aging red wine

DAN BERGER

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110104/LIFESTYLE/110109858?p=1&tc=pg

Good advice about aging and red wine, the best advice being that very few wines age well.

Why isn’t more wine ‘organic’?

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-organic-wine-20110106,0,3405605.story

The answer is simple—to be labeled organic, a wine can’t have sulfites added to it. Without sulfites, wine quickly goes bad. Yet changing the rules to allow sulfites is running up against a lot of opposition. Until sulfites are allowed, organic wines will continue to be nothing but a sideshow freak.

Robert Parker is obsolete, wine is in vogue

Shoba Narayan

http://www.livemint.com/2011/01/06191248/Robert-Parker-is-obsolete-win.html?h=B

This post isn’t exactly news, but it’s worth reading to reemphasize that wine price and consumer enjoyment don’t have a whole lot to do with one another.

I Love Riesling

Two Dogs, a Flamingo, and a Bottle of Wine

http://dogswine.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-love-riesling.html

Riesling is my favorite white wine, so it’s good to see some focus on this underappreciated wine. True, it’s increased its market share dramatically over recent years, but it’s still a long ways from where it should be.

Thoughts on “House Style”

Wine Sooth

http://www.redwinebuzz.com/winesooth/2011/01/03/thoughts-on-house-style/

Is there such a thing as a “house style”? This post finds a distinctive house style in one producer.

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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