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.

11 Things You Need to Know Now About Wine Criticism and the Wine Industry


With all the ferment about the supposed changes in the wine market, Work takes a dissenting view that makes a lot of sense.

The Case of the Old Friend


Wark makes an eloquent case for getting a case of wine and tasting it over the years.  How it changes, goes through phases, and ultimately matures into something special, or not.  I really enjoyed this post, even though I basically disagree with it.  I don’t doubt that some wines justify this exercise, but they are really so few as to be almost inconsequential.  The vast majority of wines past 10 years are just old and dead.

That Brangelina rosé? Cray cray

Steve Heimoff

Movie stars release a new wine and the world goes crazy.  Is it any good?  Who cares?

Wine tasting: Is ‘terroir’ a joke and/or are wine experts incompetent?

Orley Ashenfelter, Olivier Gergaud, Victor Ginsburgh, Karl Storchmann

Flash!  Wine experts can’t tell expensive and cheap wines apart unless they can see the label.  A point well worth making (again and again) but hardly news.

German Riesling’s Turn in the Spotlight


Riesling is my favorite white wine, but I’m in a very small minority in that regard.  Still, it’s good to see it getting some recognition.

The Miljenko “Mike” Grgich Interview (And Recent Grgich Hills Releases)

1 Wine Dude

I can’t say as I agree with everything Grgich has to say, but it’s a pretty interesting interview nonetheless.

On beauty, and wine

jamie goode’s wine blog

I really appreciated this post because it acknowledges what in a way is obvious except that it runs counter to the way most people view wines.  The essence of this post is that wine can be a great wine to one person, even if others don’t find it at all special.  But that’s the way wine (and people and the interaction between the two) are.  There are no great wines for everybody, only great wines for those people who find them great.

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