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.

As wines gain weight, Chronicle to print alcohol levels

Jon Bonne

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/24/FD311J4I7H.DTL&type=wine

This post highlights the controversy about excessive alcohol levels in wine, with a major side story on the inaccuracy of the alcohol levels listed on wine labels.

Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 11 to 15% Growth in Fine Wine Sales This Year

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/silicon-valley-bank-forecasts-11-to-15-growth-in-fine-wine-sales-this-year-120786174.html

One of the main winery lenders is forecasting better times for the wine industry. Hopefully, Silicon Valley Bank is right.

The Rodney Dangerfield of Wine

http://wineeconomist.com/2011/04/25/the-rodney-dangerfield-of-wine/

This post highlights the decline and resurgence of one of my favorite grapes, Petite Sirah.

Turkish Wine: Some Initial Tasting Notes

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2011/04/turkish_wine_some_initial_tast.html

I’d never thought there was much of wine industry in Turkey, especially since Islam frowns on alcohol. But I was wrong. This post reviews some Turkish wines, many of which garnered good scores.

How To Rid The World of Sonoma Coast Wines

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2011/04/how-to-rid-the-world-of-sonoma-coast-wines.html

Wark argues that the Sonoma Coast appellation is so heterogeneous that it means nothing at all. Unfortunately, he’s right. Even more unfortunately, there are many appellations that suffer from the same problem (including Napa Valley).

The Palate Press Calibration Project

http://palatepress.com/2011/04/wine/palate-press-palate-press-make-me-a-match-2/

This is an intriguing project. Palate Press intends to get reviews by different well-known reviewers, and then have consumers compare those reviews with their own reactions to the wine. The point: to match a reviewer to an individual consumer’s likes and dislikes. I think the task may be difficult to accomplish, but the cause is a noble one, and based on the simple fact that, at present, a wine review tells you more about the individual likes and dislikes of the reviewer rather than any objective evaluation of the wine.

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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