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.

So are wine prices going up, down, or what?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/04/24/so-are-wine-prices-going-up-down-or-what/

Is the supply shortage going to result in increases in wine prices? Heimoff doesn’t think so.

Should Petite Sirah be a Rhône variety?

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/04/23/should-petite-sirah-be-a-rhone-variety/

This is an interesting question. Petite Sirah’s parentage is Rhone, but it’s never really worked out there, while it’s been a big success here in America. I think of it as an American grape, not a Rhone one. But I guess reasonable minds can differ on this one.

The Food Science of Wine and Chocolate

Erika Szymanski

http://palatepress.com/2012/04/wine/the-food-science-of-wine-and-chocolate/

I once did a seminar on wine and chocolate pairings, and came away with the firm conclusion that dry wines just don’t work with chocolate (though sweet wines did much better). Those conclusions are echoed in this article, which also concludes that dry wine and chocolate just don’t mix.

Rattling Sabres: James Suckling, Robert Parker, Wine Writer Ethics and Bullying

Evan Dawson

http://palatepress.com/2012/04/wine/rattling-sabres-james-suckling-robert-parker-wine-writer-ethics-and-bullying/

When law and wine meet (or law and anything else for that matter), it’s rarely pretty. This post highlights the threats of libel suits against media who out conduct that some would prefer remain hidden from view.

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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