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.

Drinking and Pregnancy: A Revelation

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2013/10/drinking-pregnancy-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

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2013/10/dispensing-unjustified-criticism-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

Steve Heimoff

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?

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2013/10/21/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

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/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

Michelle Locke

http://palatepress.com/2013/10/wine/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

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/videos/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.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.

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