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.
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Wild Yeast Fermentation: “There’s No Such Thing”
News flash!!! Wild yeast fermentation is a myth. Only, it’s not really news. This has been known for a long time.
10 Warnings For Visitors to Napa Valley
This is a really good commonsense guide to Napa Valley.
Being kind to mediocre wine
This is an interesting read, even if not everyone will agree with Heimoff. I personally believe that “bad” wine is something most people will agree on, but “mediocre” is tough, because one person’s wonderful wine is the next person’s mediocre wine.
Why Are We Drinking Young Vintage Ports Now?
Becky Sue Epstein
Ports are fit for drinking younger than they used to be. Why? This post attributes it to the changes in planting and technology, and different spirits, that are now in use. But I have to think that the vintners, realizing that in modern times waiting 30 years to crack open a bottle isn’t something many consumers are going to do, are simply changing their methods to make their wines more palatable young.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: How Color Affects the Perception of Quality in Wine
It seems that everything related to wine becomes more complicated and ambiguous the more light you shine on the subject. This post, on the effect of color, is definitely a case in point.
The good news: wine consumption is up and soda consumption down. The bad news: at this rate, it will still be the next millennium before we catch up.
1 Wine Dude
I couldn’t agree more with this post, which concludes that the most important thing to learn about wine is to trust your own judgment.
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