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.

Wine Industry Political Connections: By The Numbers

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2013/03/wine-industry-political-connections-by-the-numbers/

This takes a look at campaign contributions during the last election cycle. What is most prominent in the numbers is that producers and wholesalers pretty much have the field to themselves, to the exclusion of retailers and consumers.

How I come up with ageability recommendations

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/03/27/how-i-come-up-with-ageability-recommendations/

Heimoff sets out his parameters for judging whether a wine is ageable. Personally, I think much of this is a crapshoot. I would agree with his first cut, that a wine that is seriously deficient in any significant regard is unlikely to age well. Past that, I think it’s a “who knows?”

Revisiting The Wine + Chocolate Pairing Mine Field

1WineDude

http://www.1winedude.com/pairing-wine-and-chocolate-successfully/

I am always amazed at the accepted wisdom that chocolate and wine pair well together. My own experience is exactly the opposite. I wrote about this subject once when I was invited to assess these pairings at a wine festival, http://artisanfamilyofwines.com/blog/?p=203.

1WineDude generally seems to have the same reaction as I did, although he does find some pairings that work. The only pairings that work for me were sweet wines with chocolate; dry wines with chocolate were always a bust.

Are ultra expensive wines worth it?

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/are-ultra-expensive-wines-worth-it

Goode finds the value in an old, expensive wine largely comes from the story concerning the wine, not it’s intrinsic quality as a beverage. I have a much simpler answer to the question “Are ultra expensive wines worth it?”  No.

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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