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.

The World’s Best Champagne?: Tasting Bubbly with The Masters of Wine


I’ve always been a big believer that the correlation between price and quality was not nearly as strong as people generally believe.  As Yarrow notes, however, Champagne is definitely an exception—really good Champagne costs alot, unfortunately.

Has the economic slowdown killed the oak monster?

Dr. Vino

An interesting post.  Has the decline in wine prices resulted in vintners using less new oak to save money?  If so, then that’s an unintended but welcome by-product of the Great Recession, since it’s nice to taste more fruit and less oak.

When Does A Winemaker’s Job End? (Touring The World’s Leading Synthetic Cork Operation)

1 Wine Dude

The amount of oxygen a cork lets into the wine is pretty important, but rarely discussed.

Does cheap wine cost too much money?


This post is a little too complicated to summarize.  The bottom line, though, is that the relationship between a wine score and its effect on the sales of that winery’s products isn’t nearly as clear-cut as you would imagine.

Part II: Planting Decisions Are Different This Time

SVB on Wine

SVB on Wine opines that despite something of a resurgence in wine buying, basic demographic changes in the marketplace are going to keep wine prices depressed, which is going to translate into less new planting.

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One Response to “Good Reads Wednesday”

  1. Mechelle Munselle says:

    A review is supposed to be by someone that actually tested the product. Anyone can guess all day long at what is inside. You may have some good points but you are also wrong on some as well. Read up on what Net Metering is for example. Also, the kit is just under $50 not $200. I’m not saying it is or isn’t a scam but if you’re going to review something actually test it. People don’t buy Car and Driver because they stand in front of a dealership and speculate about the qualities of a car they never sat in.

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