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.

Port Day!

Bob Ecker

http://www.examiner.com/wine-in-san-francisco/port-day?CID=examiner_alerts_article

A short primer on Port.

Gallo and Constellation Screwed by U.S. Tort Law

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2012/01/gallo_and_constellation_screwe.html

I have to agree with Yarrow about the shake-down of Gallo and Constellation over their buying, unknowingly, Pinot Noir that wasn’t really Pinot Noir.

Witness the Best “Good News” Day for Wine in Months

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2012/01/witness-the-best-good-news-day-for-wine-in-months.html

Two short harvests and rising demand portend increased grape prices, something that’s music to the ears of growers, still recovering from a glut.

Petite Sirah Winemakers: Why is Petite Sirah Important to me personally, why bother to make it?

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/01/25/petite-sirah-that-special-black-opal-winemakers-weigh-in/

Winemakers wax enthusiastic over this variety, which is one of my favorite wines.

Resveratrol Redux: The Bad and the Good

Erika Szymanski

http://palatepress.com/2012/01/wine/resveratrol-redux-das-bad-and-the-good/

An excellent article about what we know (not much) and what we don’t know about the health benefits of Resveratrol.

We make mead

http://shutupandmakewine.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/we-make-mead/#more-7432

Arthur Przebinda’s account of our (his and mine) day of making mead.

Giving Sauvignon Blanc its due

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/01/27/giving-sauvignon-blanc-its-due/

I’ve never been a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, at least in its California incarnation, which too often seems to be a blend of bell peppers and cat piss.   But I’ve always liked white Bordeaux, which has a decent slug of Sauvignon Blanc in it, even if it’s primarily Semillon.  So I’ve always assumed what I didn’t like about California Sauvignon Blanc was distinctly a California issue.  At any rate, Heimoff is finding the California version improving rapidly.

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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