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.

Why I score Chardonnay higher than Sauvignon Blanc–and why I wonder about it

Steve Heimoff

Heimoff ponders the question why he generally prefers Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc. The answer, in a nutshell, is that he prefers the style of Chardonnay, especially its richness. To me, it basically says that personal preference is at the heart of how good you think a wine is. Someone that prefers the attributes of Sauvignon Blanc would rate them higher than Chardonnay, exactly the opposite of Heimoff’s ratings.

Rosés for Summer, and All Year Long


The focus of this article is the rosé from López de Heredia, a Rioja producer. He releases his rosé wines about 10 years after the vintage, putting the lie to the belief that rosés must be drunk young.

Are Petrol Notes In Aged Riesling A Fault? (Thoughts On A Clare Valley Master-class)

1 Wine Dude

Older Rieslings tend to develop a scent that is variously described as petrol or kerosene. Is this a fault? I personally like this aspect of Riesling, but whether it’s a fault is in the eye of the beholder.

Five wine facts that aren’t necessarily facts

The Wine Curmudgeon

Five “facts” about wine that just aren’t true.

What’s in YOUR library?

Shut up and make wine

This is largely a review of Home Winemaking for Dummies. But the post points out the paucity of resources for the home winemaker. I think that most winemaking books are either too academic or too simplified for the home winemaker.

Is minerality the key to age worthiness in wine?

jamie goode’s wine blog

This post suggests the possibility of some vague quality identified as minerality as a factor in wine’s longevity. I tend to doubt it, but it makes for interesting reading.

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2 Responses to “Good Reads Wednesday”

  1. 1WineDude says:

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. SUAMW says:

    Thanks for the mention. To your first link: No, Jeff. It means personal preference is at the heart of how good Heimoff thinks a wine is. I found his post to be a banal exercise in hypocrisy. He’s a self-proclaimed expert and as is the case with the vast majority of self-proclaimed experts, he does not really know the subject matter in which he claims expertise.

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