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.

Bonny Doon Vineyards: Syrah is not Dead, and Other Matter

Vinography

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2012/10/bonny_doon_vineyards_syrah_is.html

Randall Graham is totally focused on terroir.  It’s the essence of everything he’s trying to do.  But for a different take on the subject, see the next post.

Terroir: Who Cares?

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2012/10/terroir-who-cares/

Where Graham finds terroir to the essence of winemaking, Wark finds it to be a relatively rare consumer that can even appreciate it, and certainly far less important than other aspects of wine, such as varietal and winemaking technique.

In Defense Of Oak (And Thoughts On Why Overoaked Wines Get High Scores)

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/in-defense-of-oak/#more-8353

Oak is one of the more controversial subjects in the wine world.  Here, 1 Wine Dude acknowledges that he really likes oak, but really doesn’t like too much of it.  With the passage of time, I have used less and less oak, and I think a wine that’s really dominated by the fruit of the grape is my preferred style.

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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