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.

Are vineyard designates better than blended wines? Not necessarily. So why do they cost more?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/04/24/are-vineyard-designates-better-than-blended-wines-not-necessarily-so-why-do-they-cost-more/

It is unfair, though not exactly unexpected, that vineyard-designated wines are more highly regarded than blended wines.  Are they any better?  Probably not, but when has that ever mattered.

The mystery of soils and wines, part 5

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/the-mystery-of-soils-and-wines-part-5

This is apparently the last in the series on soil, but probably the best.  More than anything the thing that counts is an alive, healthy soil.

Would a price increase take the wind out of malbec’s sales?

Dr. Vino

http://www.drvino.com/2013/04/17/would-a-price-increase-take-the-wind-out-of-malbecs-sales/

Argentine Malbec has had a great run, but with the exchange rate for the Argentine peso becoming more and more unfavorable, Dr. Vino see price increases coming, which could end this run.

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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