by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Every 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.
The Seven Percent Solution Tasting: May 11, Healdsburg, CA
This group is dedicated to the wine grapes that aren’t the usual suspects, but should be. Just because a wine grape is relatively obscure doesn’t mean it isn’t every bit a good as the ones that are more well known.
Which is more important for fine wine, terroir or technique?
Pretty interesting idea: divide up a load of grapes into thirds, send it to three different winemakers, and see if the resulting wines are more different (due to different winemaking) or more the same (due to the common grape source). No clear result here, except that they both seem to be pretty important.
The new Cali acreage report: Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry continue to rule
Grape acreage isn’t changing very fast, and the main varieties continue to dominate.
For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.