Good Reads Wednesday

jeff-smby 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.

Can Petite Sirah be the Next Big Thing? Can anything?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/07/25/can-petite-sirah-be-the-next-big-thing-can-anything/

Heimoff posits moderate, not explosive, growth for what should be one of the premiere California wine grapes.

My keynote speech to the Petite Sirah Symposium

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/07/24/my-keynote-speech-to-the-petite-sirah-symposium/

Heimoff gave the keynote address to this years PS I Love You symposium. His view is that Petite Sirah needs to take a new tack when it comes to marketing.

Mission grape’s role in California wine viticultural history

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2013/07/24/mission-grapes-role-in-california-wine-viticultural-history/

The Mission grape played an essential role in California viticulture. Unfortunately, it has fallen on hard times, for nogood reason as it produces very good wines. Here, Jo Diaz gives a short and sweet history of the grape in this state.

Monastrell: It’s From Murcia

Meg Houston Maker

http://palatepress.com/2013/07/wine/monastrell-its-from-murcia/

Monastrell is probably more well know here under its French name, Mourvedre. This grape is capable of producing delicious, concentrated wines. I tried my hand at it, and could never get results that I was very happy with, though. I got light, fragrant wines instead of the deep, brooding wines that European winemakers produce.

Is wine expertise illusory?

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/is-wine-expertise-illusory

Goode concludes that wine expertise isn’t illusory. But for the life of me I can’t figure out how he reaches that conclusion from the evidence he cites. If someone could explain it to me, I would much appreciate it.

Is Demand for Wine Dropping?

SVB on Wine

http://svbwine.blogspot.com/2013/07/is-demand-for-wine-dropping.html#more

The conclusion: no, it’s not.

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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