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.

I’m back after a short hiatus due to some pretty serious computer problems. I’m hoping they’re solved now, and that I don’t have any more interruptions.

I yam what I yam — but is it art?

By Crispin Sartwell

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-sartwell-price-of-art-20130212,0,2523689.story

This article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times has nothing to do with wine.  But it says the same thing about art that I’ve been saying about wine, and says it extraordinarily well.

Is wine losing its buzz to cocktails and beer?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/02/18/is-wine-losing-its-buzz-to-cocktails-and-beer/

The title of this blog is a little deceiving because the real subject of this blog is a lack of variety in California varieties. And I can’t agree more with what Heimoff has to say on the subject. By contrast, in Europe, there are hundreds if not thousands of varieties that are grown all over the continent. By contrast, here, you can count the major varieties on your fingers.

Draghi and Grape Pricing

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2013/02/dragi-and-grape-pricing.html#more

The combination of a huge harvest and a weakening euro portend lower wine prices.

So long, Champagne, it’s been good to know you

Wine Curmudgeon
http://www.winecurmudgeon.com/my_weblog/2013/02/so-long-champagne-its-been-good-to-know-you.html#ixzz2LNEpymK6

As time goes by, more and more wine drinkers buy primarily based on price. The Wine Curmudgeon sees this most starkly in champagne sales, which continue to decline, while those for cheaper sparklers (things like Prosecco) continue to increase.

Boomers And Busts: Sobering News For The U.S. Wine Business in 2013?

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/sobering-news-for-us-wine-business-2013/#more-9485

This post doesn’t present a pretty picture for the future of the wine business. Our biggest customer base, the baby boomers, are retiring and, with retirement, have much less money to spend. Where to economize? You guessed it.

We could make up for it by marketing to the younger generations. But we don’t seem to understand how to connect with them. Bottom line: not such a rosy future.

Robert Parker on the Past, Present and Future of Wine

RAY ISLE, ROBERT M. PARKER, JR

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/robert-parker-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-wine

Robert Parker takes a look back at predictions that he’s made and how they square with what ended up happening. Makes for some pretty interesting reading.

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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