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.

The Essence of Wine: Oak


I have to admit that I have a real love-hate relationship with oak, diametrically opposed to Alder’s 100% positive view. I use oak, but minimally and at times somewhat reluctantly. I have to admit that much of that is my own aversion to oak tannins, which always strike me as bitter. But there’s no denying the fact that oak has played a huge role in the development of wine.

What Wine Needs: Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Scorsese


Wark posits that the main increases in wine consumption are tied to media attention. Something of a tantalizing notion. Not sure it’s true, but not sure it’s not.

What is “nobility” in wine?

Steve Heimoff

I think “nobility” in wine has to be one of those things that you can’t describe but you know it when you see it (or taste it). Only I am quite sure that, tasting blind, there would be no consensus on the subject. In the end, it’s probably, like so much in the wine world, more of a marketing concept than anything else.

It all boils down to Parker, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Tanzer, in the Total Wine World

Wine Blog

The wine world has seen a revolution in the way wines are judged over the last couple of decades, particularly with the explosion of wine blogs. Or has it? This post makes the case, pretty convincingly, that the more things change, the more they stay the same. When you look at the actual marketing of wine, Parker and the Spectator stand head and shoulders above the rest. Bloggers? Nada.

The revolution in cheap pinot noir

The Wine Curmudgeon

Yes, there has been a major uptick in the availability of cheaper Pinot Noir. But as with the commoditization of pretty much anything, as the product enters the mainstream, it seems to lose so much of made it so attractive to begin with. If you want a truly elegant, perfumed Pinot, you still have to pay the big bucks to a smaller producer.

The Postal Service’s plan to get into the wine business

The Wine Curmudgeon

It’s about time the postal service started treating wine the same as FedEx and UPS.

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