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.

Just what we need–Not!

Steve Heimoff

Wine as a collectible. It’s not going away, but Heimoff thinks the whole idea a terrible one, and I couldn’t agree more.

Sex in the wine industry, and those 2010 Cabernets

Steve Heimoff

Kind of a strange combination of themes, sex in the wine business and the 2010 vintage. But both items are of interest. I can’t help but concluding that winemakers are going to tout every vintage, no matter how awful the growing season actually was. If this needed any proof, the 2010 vintage certainly is supplying it.

Red Wine And Wine Gadgets For Father’s Day, including a Spirits Aerator… for good measure

Wine Blog

The theory behind the aerator is impeccable. Introduce some oxygen into the wine, just like decanting. But I can’t agree with Jo on this one. I did a blind tasting the same wine unaerated and aerated, and I can’t say there was a noticeable difference.

Glass Shape, Aroma, and the Game of Sensory Science

Erika Szymanski

This post is really interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it does squarely address the question of whether the glass you’re drinking your wine out of makes that much of a difference. The answer is a little ambiguous, but I think I can summarize it as “probably” with disclaimers about difference conditions, tasters, etc. But of greater interest is its examination of the all the factors that make answering this question so difficult. These same factors make answering almost any question about wine equally as difficult. Where we seek clear-cut, black and white, answers to our questions about wine, we generally get mushy gray ones.

Differences in taste and smell, and their effect on wine tasting

jamie goode’s wine blog

More on the subject of our different abilities when it comes to tasting the various things there are to taste in wine. If we are biologically different in our ability to perceive a certain flavor, how can we possibly expect that there should be one objective view of how good a wine is.

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