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.

Ten Things I Learned In the Wine Business

W. Blake Gray

http://palatepress.com/2011/10/wine/ten-things-i-learned-in-the-wine-business/

Unfortunately, there’s a whole lot of truth to this post.

Napa harvest: Widespread rot fails to dampen spirits

Adam Lechmere

http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/529461/napa-harvest-widespread-rot-fails-to-dampen-spirits

I always wonder how much of the optimistic reports accompanying each vintage is marketing hype. I have a hard time believing anyone is all that happy with this harvest.

Australian scientist develops GM grape vines

Annabelle Homer

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201110/s3349425.htm

I know I’m out of step with most opinion on this issue (and many others I can add), but a vine that you don’t need to sulfur repeatedly up until veraison just seems like something everyone should want.

Why more wineries aren’t failing

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2011/10/25/why-more-wineries-arent-failing/

Some interesting thoughts about why we haven’t seen a foreclosure crisis in the wine business like we’re seeing in the real estate business. The gist of the post is that many wineries are in fact underwater, but banks are reluctant to force the issue since they know they’ll lose out in the end.

Lobster

Two Dogs, a Flamingo and a Bottle of Wine

http://dogswine.blogspot.com/2011/10/lobster.html

I don’t normally include opinions on individual wines here because I rarely know the wine. But when I see one I do know and can recommend, I make an exception. The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier is a wonderful wine that can be purchased for a very reasonable price.

Wine prices and the 2011 California grape harvest

The Wine Curmudgeon

http://www.winecurmudgeon.com/my_weblog/2011/10/wine-prices-and-the-2011-california-grape-harvest.html#more

This post prophesizes that the short harvest will have less of an effect on wine prices than most wineries hope.

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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