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.
How To Understand Really Stupid Wines
Wark’s take on a wine that clocks in at 18.5% alcohol. Not sure why anyone would want to make a wine like that that isn’t port. Neither is Wark.
Telling a story? Some are better than others
One of the first things I ever heard about selling wine is that you have to “tell a story”. I’ve always found this story-telling thing a little off-putting. So does Heimoff.
The Art of the Blend
I think with a few exceptions (e.g., Pinot Noir) winemakers would agree that they can make better wines by doing blends than by making a varietally designated wine. In fact, most varietally designated wines are blends to a degree, since you’re allowed to maintain the varietal designation (e.g., Cabernet Sauvignon) with as much as 25% of other varieties. But the myth persists that the best wines are varietally designated. Heimoff puts in a plug for the red blend, but even he persists in some points of view (e.g., his highest rankings are reserved for the varietally designated wine) that I can’t buy in to.
Port for Autumn Evenings
There’s nothing like a fine old vintage Port, and Warre’s is one of my favorites as well.
TTB shutdown means wine label slowdown
Sad but true, wine labels are on hold during the shutdown.
Some more thoughts on authenticity in wine
This post can be summed up in this quote: “If you could synthesize a wine that is an exact copy of a famous wine to the degree that professionals couldn’t tell the difference, would you pay the same for the synthetic wine? No, it wouldn’t even be close in value. Authentic wine has a connection with a time and a place. There is more to wine that just the liquid in the glass.” I guess I respect that point of view, but I don’t really agree with it. I think wine is what’s in the glass, no more, no less.
Why I don’t post negative reviews
I don’t do wine reviews, but if I did, I don’t think I’d post negative reviews for pretty much the same reasons as Goode.
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