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.

My argument for biodynamic and organic viticulture


This response to Richard Smart’s criticism of organic and biodynamic wines highlights the difficulty of knowing, as a consumer, what chemicals have been used in the vineyard without an organic or biodynamic certification.

Can TTB Keep Up With Wine Industry?

Jane Firstenfeld

The increase in wine production is putting strains on the TTB.

Will Grapegrowers and Consumers Accept GMO Wines?

Erika Szymanski

This post explores the future of the genetically modified wines (encompassing both grapevines and yeasts that have been modified). There’s lots of opposition to these wines, but I think in the long run, genetically modified wines will be as accepted as many other agricultural products that also benefit from genetic modifications.

Will The Real Syrah Ever Stand Up

Charles Olken

This post discusses the problems Syrah is having in the market. Whatever the reasons, there can be no denying that the marketplace has not reacted favorably to Syrah.

The Post-Recessionary Wine Market is Here


Most interesting in this post is that the amount of wine being shipped direct to consumer from California counties outside of Napa and Sonoma has exploded.

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