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.

Robert Parker and Digging a Wine Critic’s Grave

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2012/12/robert-parker-and-the-grave-diggers-of-a-wine-critic/

There’s been a lot of ink spilled over the sale of an interest in the Wine Advocate to some Singapore investors.  Does it mean that the Advocate is losing its edge?  Wark looks at the controversy, and concludes that the Advocate is alive and well.

The Top Wine Stories Coming in 2013

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2012/12/the-top-wine-stories-coming-in-2013/

It’s always dangerous to predict the future, but Wark does in this post about what he sees as the major stories we can look forward to in the coming year.

Petite Sirah: a consideration

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/12/21/petite-sirah-a-consideration/

Petite Sirah is one of my very favorite wines.  In this post on Petite, Heimoff recounts his history with the variety.  Heimoff has never been a super-advocate for Petite, and it shows in his comments.

Time to end snobbery in wine–among owners

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2012/12/20/time-to-end-snobbery-in-wine-among-owners/

Heimoff bemoans the rich guys who have dumped tons of cash into establishing an estate and making wine, dinging their less moneyed neighbors in the process.  It may be time to end this “snobbery”, but it’s not going to happen.

The sexiest wine glass of the season isn’t even a wine glass, but it sure is sweet

Wine blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/12/18/the-sexiest-wine-glass-of-the-season-isnt-even-a-wine-glass-but-it-sure-is-sweet/

With all the attention paid to the qualities of the wine, most people don’t really pay too much attention to the glass they pour it into.  Too bad, nice the glass makes a huge difference in the wine you’re tasting.  Like wine itself, I suspect that people’s preferences in glassware are going to be pretty subjective.  Jo Diaz has an interesting preference, which is the subject of this post.

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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