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.

Some France makers of wine go natural, and fight the system

Devorah Lauter

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-france-wine-battle-20111229,0,375980.story

I’m not a big believer in having the authorities restrict a winemaker’s right to make wine the way he wants to. So I’m sympathetic to the plight of a winemaker who tries to buck the system. Still, I’m conflicted, because I’m not a big believer in “natural” winemaking in excess, and particularly when a winemaker opts to not use sulfites in his winemaking. I keep hearing how you don’t need sulfites, but whenever I taste a sulfite-free wine, it’s not very good. Some chemicals are just essential, even if trying to avoid too many is laudable.

Fight Against Vineyard Foe Near End?

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=95703&htitle=Fight%20Against%20Vineyard%20Foe%20Near%20End%3F&

Progress is being made to combat Pierce’s Disease, and its vector the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter. One of the approaches is, as I understand it, to breed vinifera (the species of grapes that produces most of the world’s wines) with other species resistant to Pierce’s Disease. Which runs up against the problem of whether the consumer will accept a new wine grape or insist on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, etc.

2011 Redux: Defining Sustainability: A Concept of Varied Means

W. Blake Gray

http://palatepress.com/2011/12/wine/2011-redux-defining-sustainability-a-concept-of-varied-means/

What does “sustainable” mean? This post makes clear it doesn’t mean very much.

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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