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.

Is organic wine really better for the environment?

Brian Palmer

http://www.slate.com/id/2288521/

This post is worth reading for the more nuanced view of how well organic, Biodynamics, etc., wines affect the environment.  As with most things, the more closely you examine it, the less clear it is.

What am I tasting?

Allen R. Balik

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/columnists/allen-balik/article_daec6f26-5692-11e0-acf7-001cc4c03286.html

This post highlights the difficulty of people agreeing on the flavors in a wine, and advocates a scaled-down list of flavor descriptors.

Wine Competitions, Are They Still Important?

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2011/03/25/wine-competitions-are-they-still-important/

Are wine competitions worthwhile?  This post concludes they are, and, undoubtedly, to the extent that they drive sales, the post is correct.  But what about the research showing grave inconsistencies among the results of different wine competitions?

Your Great-Grandchildren’s Grapes?

Ben O’Donnell

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44666

Will future generations embrace varieties that no one knows about today, or haven’t even been developed yet?  There’s a world of opportunity to develop new varieties that will stand up to the various pathogens and other environmental insults that make grape-growing difficult.  But if the consumer insists on sticking to the same old varieties, without being willing to try new ones, then the effort to develop new and better grapes will end up being a failure.

The Money of Color

Evan Dawson

http://palatepress.com/2011/03/wine/the-money-of-color/

How much does color matter in a wine?  I’ve always been a little surprised by the answer to the question, since for some people it matters a lot, and for others not at all.

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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One Response to “Good Reads Wednesday”

  1. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks for the plug, Jeff.

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