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.
Drinking and Pregnancy: A Revelation
Wark deals with a conundrum: should you abstain 100% from alcohol during pregnancy? There’s really no evidence that slight or even moderate alcohol consumption is harmful, but…
Dispensing with the Unjustified Criticism of Big California Wines
This post is apropos of last evening when I had a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that squarely fell into the “big” wine category. I didn’t much enjoy it. I don’t mind the “bigness” of fruit, but the lack of acidity and tannin. To me these are cotton-candy wines. But if someone else likes them, who am I to tell them that their very personal subjective preference isn’t just as valid for them as my negative reaction is for me?
That pesky quality-price ratio: QPR reconsidered
3 digit pricing for a new wine? Particularly one that isn’t all that great? I personally can’t believe any wine is worth $100.
Who makes the best wine critics, supertasters or the rest of us?
I find the whole super-taster thing much ado about nothing. It is true that super-tasters have way more taste buds than the average person does. Which no doubt translates into hyper-sensitivity to lots of foods. But most of what is distinctive about wine has nothing to do with taste buds. The nose of a wine is something that you smell, not taste. Tannins are something you feel. As far as I know there’s no evidence that a super-taster is more sensitive in these other sensory realms.
MW dissertation claims that screwcaps cause more wine damage than cork
I don’t drink a lot of screwcapped wines, mostly because it’s not that commonly used in California. But I’ve never had a problem with any that I’ve had. So I was surprised to see this article on a study that showed there is a major problem.
Napa Valley 2013 Harvest
Yes, this was a pretty dull year. Just what a vintner wants to hear. In grape growing, no news is good news.
The remarkable Penfolds recorking clinic comes to London
This is a really interesting look at the subject of re-corking, something that, quite frankly, I know nothing about.
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