by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Every 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.
After my article on Carignan a few weeks ago, this post appeared a few days ago on this grape’s use in the Languedoc.
Talking Natural Wine: A Real Discussion
Wark takes on the concept of “natural” wine. Unfortunately, “natural” wine is not really defined anywhere, so its adherents can claim to be natural without any way of really applying any test to the claim. Of even greater concern is that if there are “natural wines”, then there must be “unnatural wines”. Yet much of what at least some proponents of “natural” wine propose, such as eschewing the use of SO2, would render 99+% of all wine unnatural.
Much Ado About Sulfites, French Wines, and Organic Regulations
More about sulfites in wine. This issue just leaves me shaking my head, as wine made without sulfites is just a bad idea. Why organic wine makers would insist that their wines be made without adding sulfites is baffling, since they are just going to make bad wines and lose their customers.
Update: Wine prices in 2012
This post argues that wine prices aren’t going up at all, and in fact have remained stable since 2006. Bad news for producers, whose costs continue to rise.
I typa ’bout Eutypa
Most consumers have never heard of Eutypa, but it’s a disease of grapevines that can play havoc with a vineyard. Fortunately, good pruning practice minimizes its prevalence.
Why are tasting notes so bad? Can anything be done?
Why are wine tasting notes so useless and pretentious? They impart no knowledge and reinforce the snobbery stereotype of wine.
Sine Qua Non Shot in the Dark - 100 points or 86?
This post points up the problem with the idea that wine scoring is in any way an objective enterprise. This one wine got 100 points from Parker, and an 86 from Goode (and he didn’t even really like it that much).
For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.