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.

If It’s Not Natural Wine, It’s Fake Wine

Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2012/03/if-not-natural-its-fake-wine.html

I fully agree with Wark on the point of this post, that the proponents of “natural” wine are way off base when they, in essence, criticize other wines as “unnatural”.

The Goblet Project: Training the head

Shut up and make wine

http://shutupandmakewine.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-goblet-project-training-the-head/

This fascinating post and video on goblet training is well worth a view. Goblet training was prevalent in California before the advent of trellising, and many old vine vineyards use this training system.

Now the 100 point bashers are taking aim at tasting notes

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/03/23/now-the-100-point-bashers-are-taking-aim-at-tasting-notes/

Heimoff defends the use of wine descriptors, when used with some restraint. But most interesting to me is his observation that he has cut way back on his use of descriptors as the structure of wine has come to be his predominate concern (I totally agree with him on this point).

The 30-Year War

W. Blake Gray

http://palatepress.com/2012/03/wine/the-30-year-war/

Is there a war between sommeliers on the one side and the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator on the other? Gray thinks so in this post, which is interesting reading.

From 1982, Glasses More Than Full

ERIC ASIMOV

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/dining/reviews/tasting-bordeaux-from-1982.html?pagewanted=1&ref=dining

The 1982 vintage in Bordeaux may not have been any better than many other Bordeaux vintages, but historically it holds a place unrivaled by any other year. How are these wines holding up? According to Asimov, pretty well.

Mythmaking and wine palates

The Wine Curmudgeon

http://www.winecurmudgeon.com/my_weblog/2012/03/mythmaking-and-wine-palates.html#more

This post makes the point that everyone can enjoy wine (no special expertise required). Maybe not the most earthshaking of observations, but one that often seems to get ignored.

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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