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.

Wines geeks who love Greek wines ~ Who’s endorsing these delicious wines?

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/10/17/modern-day-greek-wines-a-the-wine-geeks-who-are-endorsing-them/

This post extols the quality of Greek wines.  I keep reading what a great job the Greeks are doing wine-wise, not just here but elsewhere, but I have to admit that whenever I taste one of these wines, I find it pedestrian at best.  I don’t know whether I’m just not tasting the right ones, or what.

“Contains sulfites” meant to frighten rather than inform

Dr. Vino

http://www.drvino.com/2012/10/16/contains-sulfites-meant-frighten-information/

The “Contains sulfites” warning on wine bottles is pretty much background noise to me.  So I found this explanation of how this came to be of interest.  As usual, it’s a compromise between those who would ban alcohol and those who promote it.

Thirty Days Of The Other (Tasty) Side Of Bordeaux

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/thirty-days-of-the-other-tasty-side-of-bordeaux/#more-8324

Bordeaux isn’t my favorite wine, and it’s not 1 Wine Dude’s either.  The cost of the wines is through the roof, and the quality often isn’t there.  But this post is about the other side of Bordeaux wines, the cheaper side that constitutes the vast majority of what Bordeaux produces.  I can’t say that I’ve found cheaper Bordeaux to be my cup of tea either, but 1 Wine Dude is going to post for thirty days some of these wines that he found worth drinking.

Argentina: Why Malbec doesn’t Flood the US

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2012/10/argentina-why-melbec-doesnt-flood-us.html#more

Argentina can produce wine of equivalent quality for much less than we can here.  But due to government policies that make it hard to do business and export, it’s not nearly as much of a threat to California producers that it might, at first glance, appear.

So… you want to plant a home vineyard…

Shut up and make wine

http://shutupandmakewine.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/so-you-want-to-plant-a-home-vineyard/#more-6793

A quick and dirty introduction to home grape growing.  It may seem a little daunting, and, in fact, it is.  But it can be very satisfying to actually produce your own wine.  Conversely, it can be very disappointing if your efforts don’t yield the quality of wine that you had envisioned.

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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