by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Good Reads Wednesday
Every 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.
What? You can’t identify your own wine in a blind tasting?!?
Heimoff makes two points in this post that are well worth remembering. First, it’s really hard to identify a wine. Even the proprietors of wineries can’t do it very well. Second, California is a different, and warmer climate, than Bordeaux and Burgundy, even though our main grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) come from those regions. That extra heat translates into richer wines.
The closure wars: a report from the front lines
This post examines the way to close a bottle of wine. Cork continues to be far and away the most used closure, but screw tops and synthetic corks are being widely used as well. Of course, as is the case with pretty much everything in the wine business, trying something new never goes unpunished. So the purveyors of newer closures are suffering from the reluctance of wineries to use anything but cork. Obviously, they are concerned that the consumer won’t buy a wine that’s not cork-finished, and they may well be right.
Pomace to Pours, Preservatives, and Power: Dealing with Winery Waste
This has to be about the least sexy subject in the wine business, but what to do with winery waste isn’t a trifling matter. This post explores what you can do with the stuff.
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