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.

That climate change report? Let’s look at the facts

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/04/12/that-climate-change-report-lets-look-at-the-facts/

Heimoff recognized that climate change isn’t going to hit every place equally.  Some areas will be hotter, others cooler, and other will pretty much stay the same.  So it’s impossible to say that Napa is going to be too hot to grow the best grapes in 50 years, or anything like that.  And none of this takes into account the affect that human adaption can have on grape quality.

Chardonnay clones: how much do they matter?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/04/08/11889/

How much difference do clones make?  Bottom line, it’s pretty hard to say, but it’s an interesting topic.

Back From The Dead: Casca Wines Battles To Save Ramisco

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/back-from-the-dead-casca-wines-battles-to-save-ramisco/#more-10087

in a world awash with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, I’m always interested in a some obscure grape that produces wonderful wine, especially if it’s really really different.

Texas wine — 10 years after (part I)
The Wine Curmudgeon
http://www.winecurmudgeon.com/my_weblog/2013/04/texas-wine-10-years-after-part-i.html#more#ixzz2QU55t5Ze

I can’t say I know very much about Texas wine.  I had a few some years back and thought they were pretty awful, but apparently things are changing for the better.

The mystery of soils and wines

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/the-mystery-of-soils-and-wines-part-2

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/the-mystery-of-soils-and-wines-part-3

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/the-mystery-of-soils-and-wines-part-4

Goode discusses various aspects of soil and its affect on wine, and why.  It’s interesting reading, even if there’s a lot of confusion on the subject.

Bovine Excrement & Global Warming

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2013/04/bovine-excrement-global-warming.html#more

This post is on the same subject as one of Heimoff’s, namely the report that is read by others to question the continued ability of many grapegrowing regions to produce world class grapes in 40 years.  But this post really lambasts the media reporting which focused on the “demise” of Napa when the report really said no such thing.  But a technical report of somewhat ambiguous findings doesn’t sell newspapers and magazines.  Demise of Napa does.  So that’s what we get.

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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