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.

Wine grape growers see multiyear contracts return; some prices also improving

Jeff Quackenbush

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/36880/wine-grape-contracts/?tc=ar

Are things really improving for growers? This article seems to suggest that they are.

Berry Shatter in NorCal Vineyards

Kate Lavin

Shatter has reduced the yields that can be expected from many north coast vineyards.

Score Revolution

http://www.scorevolution.com/

Some subjects never seem to lose their appeal, the 100-point system being one of them. This “manifesto” argues against the 100-point system.

Defending point scores–again!

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2011/07/29/defending-point-scores-again/

And this post comes to the defense of the 100 point system.

The Historic Vineyard Society Will Save the Day

Wark’s Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2011/07/the-historic-vineyard-society-will-save-the-day.html

Wark’s thoughts on old vine vineyards. He argues that even if they don’t produce better wines, their historical significance is important.

The Culture of Spitting ~ I’m From the School of Jackson Pollack Versus Pablo Picasso

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2011/07/29/the-culture-of-spitting-im-from-the-school-of-jackson-pollack-versus-pablo-picasso/

You learn something new every day. I’d never known that the ability to spit properly was tied into your genes.

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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