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.

Contemplating Wine and the Big Picture

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2012/01/contemplating-wine-and-the-big-picture.html

Wark contemplates the “big picture”, citing five major trends in the wine business: consolidation of distributors, leaving fewer available for wineries to sell their products to; the (maybe) increase in American wine consumption; regulatory change; the importance of critics; and the huge increase in the number of wine brands out there.

Tasting Two Decades of Viognier: Can this Grape Stand the Test of Time?

Palate Press

Arthur Z. Przebinda

http://palatepress.com/2012/01/wine/tasting-two-decades-of-viognier-can-this-grape-stand-the-test-of-time/

Can Viognier stand the test of time? Or is it best consumed young? After reading this post, I certainly came away with the impression that aging this variety is not advised.

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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