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.
When Should You Not Be Allowed to Be Biodynamic?
As anyone who has been reading this blog knows, I’m not a big fan of biodynamics. And I certainly wouldn’t allow a farmer to flaunt a well-reasoned policy to defeat a vineyard scourge in order to defend his right to practice that whacky philosophy of farming. But in this case, I really can’t get all that exercised when the chemicals that the authorities are insisting spraying probably won’t do a whole lot of good. At any rate, this is an interesting post, well worth reading.
Nine Years of the Wine Blog and All You Need to Know
This in fact fairly accurately summarizes Wark’s blog.
A recent study posits the idea that the differences in wines form different regions might be due to the differing microbes that inhabit the vineyards. An interesting idea, and it’s nice to see someone trying to apply a little science to the subject of terroir, which generally inhabits the realm of romantic blather. But I seriously doubt this premise. Most winemakers don’t allow the microbes in the field to survive in the grapes once crushed. And it is hard to imagine how the microbes could affect the fruit itself.
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