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.

Resveratrol Is No Fountain of Youth, Researchers Say

Jacob Gaffney

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/45788

The latest study casts doubt on resveratrol’s ability to extend life.

Short 2011 crop brings relief to growers, but not much

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2011/10/10/short-2011-crop-brings-relief-to-growers-but-not-much/

Heimoff sees only a limited effect of a small harvest in firming up prices.

Rains bring rot to Sonoma County vineyards

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111010/BUSINESS/111019945/1350?Title=Rains-bring-rot-to-Sonoma-County-vineyards&tc=ar

Early autumn rains can bring on rot, particularly botrytis. This seems to be happening in Sonoma according to this report. My vineyards are still totally clean, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed as my grapes still have a ways to go.

Oregon Vintners Wait for Harvest … And Wait

Harvey Steiman

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/45796

Oregon likewise is looking at a very late harvest, wondering whether their grapes will ripen or whether rains will come first.

In California, wine grapes good but in short supply

Tracie Cone

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19088999

I certainly agree with the “short supply” part of this article. On the quality of the grapes point, however, I don’t see how anyone can know this for sure until the grapes are in, which they still aren’t.

Have I developed a California palate?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2011/10/11/have-i-developed-a-california-palate/

This commentary notes that one develops a palate that likes what one usually drinks.

Will California Grapes Rot on the Vine?

Tim Fish, Augustus Weed

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/45807

This article bebunks some of the optimistic reports that the grapes this year will be just fine. Rot and low sugar will make for a vintage that might produce some fine wines, but might also produce a raft of mediocre ones as well.

101 Point Napa Cabernet For $14

Charles Olken

http://cgcw.com/databaseshowitem.aspx?id=78818

This post criticizes the one-ups-manship of point inflation.

You Don’t Know These Wines…Yet

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2011/10/you-dont-know-these-winesyet.html

This post is devoted to three new websites put up by my friend Arthur Przebinda. The sites each concern a different Italian variety, two of which, Montepulciano and Aglianico, I have to take responsibility for getting Arthur interested in. The other, Fiano, I know nothing about, so that’s an original with Arthur. At any rate, the Montepulciano and Aglianico are both wonderful grapes, and deserve all the attention they can get.

The websites can be found at:

Enjoy Fiano

Enjoy Montepulciano

Enjoy Aglianico

Is luxe Cabernet back? The prices say it is

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2011/10/14/is-luxe-cabernet-back-the-prices-say-it-is/

Heimoff reports the resurgence of $100+ wines. He finds it perplexing that these wines would be taking off when the economy is still sluggish. It seems to me easy to explain: the very rich, who buy these expensive wines, aren’t doing so badly these days, even if most people are still struggling.

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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