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.

Dr Richard Smart slams organics

This article is more interesting for what Smart has to say about the need to develop new varieties for hot regions than what he has to say about organics (though that’s interesting as well).

Winemakers to blame for rising alcohols in California

At least one winemaker (Christopher Howell of Cain) is of the opinion that higher alcohols in California wines are due to decisions made in the vineyard and winery, not primarily to climate change. Certainly, we’re harvesting later than we used to, and this translates into higher sugars and alcohols.

The Big Fall and Big Rise of One Fine Grape

Wark’s Fermentation

This post concerns Petite Sirah, one of my favorite wines. This grape, once widely planted, took a downward spiral, but it’s staging a big comeback.

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