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.

I guess this week it should be Good Reads Thursday, as I’m a day late.

Wine-tasting: it’s junk science

David Derbyshire

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/23/wine-tasting-junk-science-analysis

This summary of the results Professor Hogsden has found concerning wine judging isn’t new, but it’s good to see his findings set out in an easy to understand way. The bottom line: there’s no consistency to wine judging.

Drinking Wine While Pregnant: The Latest

VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2013/06/drinking_wine_while_pregnant_t.html

The latest research indicates that moderate drinking while pregnant is fine.

Wine Competition: For Whom the Medals Toll?

W. Blake Gray

http://palatepress.com/2013/06/wine/wine-competition-for-whom-the-medals-toll/

After judging a wine competition about a month ago, I found this post of great interest. In my competition, there was a discussion period after the initial scores were given, which often resulted in uping the scores so that a wine could get a higher award. I’m not at all fond of this ex post facto adjustment, but it does seem to be a common thing at wine competitions. Gray doesn’t think much of the practice either.

What Does the End of QE Mean for Wine?

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2013/06/what-does-end-of-qe-mean-for-wine.html#more

This post makes clear that the wine business is not immune to changes in the lending environment that loom as a result of the Fed’s anticipated tightening of interest rates.

SOMM, the movie

Dr. Vino

http://www.drvino.com/2013/06/21/somm-movie/

A pretty good review for this movie. I don’t know that I would have bothered to see it, but I guess I’ll go now.

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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