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.

Sliding Through Life With 1963 Port

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2013/02/sliding-through-llife-with-1963-port/

1963 was one vintage port’s great years. Without question, one of the greatest wines I’ve ever had was a 1963 Graham’s.

Shall We Dance?

Two Dogs, a Flamingo and a Bottle of Wine

http://dogswine.blogspot.com/2013/03/shall-we-dance.html

The focus of this post is a 1996 Burgundy. And what it really brought home to me is that very few older wines age very graceful. That’s not to say none, but few. This wine, approximately 15 years old, would have been better drunk many years ago.

Millennials and the confidence of the palate

The Wine Curmudgeon

http://www.winecurmudgeon.com/my_weblog/2013/02/millennials-and-the-confidence-of-the-palate.html

According to this post seven out of 10 millennial’s think they can accurately tell the difference between Merlot and Cabernet. That just blows me away. I don’t think seasoned professionals could accurately differentiate the two with any level of consistency. I know I can’t. Certainly, taken as a whole, Merlot is going to have somewhat fewer tannins than Cabernet. Is it somewhat more herbaceous? Maybe, but I’m really not sure. But those differences, which you can generalize about across entire varieties, are going to be very difficult to discern when comparing two actual wines.  If there’s anybody that can do that with consistency, I have yet to meet him.

A perfect wine list, what’s yours?

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/restaurants/a-perfect-wine-list-whats-yours

In this post, Jamie Goode sets out his his perfect restaurant wine list.  Certainly his choices would not be mine, nor yours, nor anybody else’s for that matter. Still, It makes for interesting reading. One point of note was his belief that he could pretty much eliminate Burgundy from his list in favor of New World Pinot Noirs. I certainly would agree with him on that, since New World Pinot Noir is certainly just as good as, and a good deal cheaper than, Burgundy.

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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