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.

Washington Growers Examine Wine ‘Myths’

Do cold soaks, a common winemaking practice, really help make better wines? At least according to the research announced at this symposium, the answer seems to be no. Since most of what the grapes have to give in terms of flavor they give up in the first part of fermentation, I have always had my doubts that postponing the start of fermentation did much good.

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Australian wines have acquired a reputation as low-priced and vapid. Now an effort is underway to try to acquaint consumers with the great wines that Australia has to offer. I wish them the best, but have my doubts that they can make much headway once the inferior reputation becomes established.

Time To Rethink Wine Criticism

Dan Sogg

Common sense about the way wine critics taste wines—how can you taste a large number of wines and have anything but the biggest, ripest wines stand out? You can’t.

Syrah in My Pinot? A Winemaker Responds

Adam Lee

I’m generally a big believer in blending, but blending Pinot Noir with Syrah (or Petite Sirah) has always struck me as a bizarre way to make a wine. Pinot Noir is (or should be) a light, delicate wine, easily overwhelmed when blended with even a relatively small amount of more intense, tannic wines. This post makes that point.

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