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.
Wine Lovers Are The True Oddballs
A reminder that the vast majority of wine drinkers aren’t wine snobs, nor should they be. I think it’s true that with wine, as with most things, the level of sophistication increases over time, but most people, even if they really like wine, aren’t in to knowing everything there is to know, as the small minority of wine lovers might be.
State of the grape: Viognier
Viognier is one of the those wines that has a tendency to go overboard. Instead of being balanced, they can be overripe and alcoholic. But I agree with Heimoff: when done well, they are really, really good wines.
Has Yellow Tail hurt Australia’s reputation?
Heimoff doubts that Yellow Tail has hurt the rest of the Australian wine market, in the same way that Barefoot hasn’t hurt the premium California wine market. I would certainly agree that the premium California wine market hasn’t suffered from Barefoot, but I have to wonder whether the same holds true for the Aussies. Australian wines certainly seem to have gained a reputation for the cheap end, despite the fact that many Australian wines are superb.
What does “elegant” mean in wine?
I have my doubts about descriptors such as elegant when it comes to wine. I think I know an elegant wine when I come across one, but then whoever I happen to be with disagrees with me. And I also have my doubts about defining wines with loose, goosey descriptors that have more to do with poetry than the hard data, such as acidity, alcohol levels, etc., that I think do a better job to telling you what the wine is going to taste like.
The Team Sport of Trained Sensory Tasting
This post is interesting because it (1) gives some insight into the highly technical world of sensory analysis and (2) gives even more insight into just how complicated tasting wine (or anything else for that matter) is.
Toss Those Tasting Notes
White attacks the typical tasting note as being puffery that really conveys nothing that you really want to know about the wine. No doubt true. He urges that we move on and abandon these ridiculous tasting notes. Not a chance. Too many people depend on them for their livelihood.
I have always had my doubts about the meticulous sorting some high end wineries routinely practice. I know when I went to wine school, we meticulously sorted through some grapes and when we were done, we had so little that we’d weeded out that it couldn’t possibly have been worth the effort. If you are dealing with poor fruit, especially moldy fruit, then maybe. But for most fruit I doubt it makes much difference.
Millennial Aren’t All That
SVB on Wine
All the hype about Millennials runs up against a nasty little fact: the data shows that they aren’t nearly as important as the hype indicates.
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