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.
Telling Gout from Gonorrhoea
I’m definitely on the subjective side when it comes to whether wine reviews are objective (meaning you can actually have an objective standard to conclude how good a wine is) or subjective (it’s all personal preference). My big exception is a flawed wine. Here, the wine suffered from infection from Brett. Yet even this wine was found pleasing to many tasters, albeit not the author. So even when it comes to flaws, there still room for disagreement about the wine.
Italian Grapes, American Tastes: Assessing New World Aglianico and Montepulciano
Readers of my blog know that I’m a big supporter of the use of varieties that ripen later for the hotter regions of California. This post examines two of the varieties that, I believe, are most suited to California viticulture, Montepulciano and Aglianico. I’ve experimented with both varieties, and convinced my friend, Arthur Z. Przebinda, writer of this post, of their worth. Here, he examines the limited bottlings of these varieties available in California (including mine). It would be so nice if wine drinkers would deign to give these wines a chance, since they shouldn’t wither on the vine (so to speak) just because they are unknowns.
Syrah in My Pinot? A Winemaker Responds
Does a lot of California Pinot Noir have Syrah blended into it? Is it a good idea? This post acknowledges that Syrah is indeed used, and decries the practice since the Syrah quickly overwhelms the more subtle Pinot Noir. I couldn’t agree more.
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