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.

Syrah vs. Cabernet: no comparison

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/09/28/syrah-vs-cabernet-no-comparison/

I’m always fascinated by people’s reactions to different varieties.  Heimoff clearly has a preference for Cabernet Sauvignon over Syrah, at least as they are presently made in California.  My preference is exactly the opposite.  Yet I think the public as a whole would agree with Heimoff, for reasons that elude me.

More great Cabs than Pinots makes finding the great Pinot a real treat

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/09/26/more-great-cabs-than-pinots-makes-finding-the-great-pinot-a-real-treat/

Ditto this post.  Heimoff thinks Cabs generally beat out Pinot Noirs.  Again, I would opt for the Pinot every time.  What does it all mean?  That you should just trust your own tastes.  No one else is going to be able to tell you what you like.

Sugar, Part II: What Does Acid Do?

Erika Szymanski

http://palatepress.com/2012/09/wine/sugar-part-ii-what-does-acid-do/

Acidity, and its interaction with sweetness, is the subject of this post, which explores both the scientific and sensory aspects of the relationship.  Bottom line, though, is that a wine lacking in acidity is a pretty boring wine.

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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