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.
Your 2014 Resolution: Drink Adventurously
I can’t say as I’ve had any of the wines Asimov recommends, but I certainly couldn’t agree more with his premise: that both in terms of value and interest, trying something different has a lot to commend itself.
Tips For When Wineries Market…On The Road
Wark gives a pretty good sense of what’s involved in hitting the road. I have to admit, I hate this stuff. But if you’re going to try to have something beyond your own tasting room, this is what it takes.
Putting myself in the consumer’s shoes
I’m not sure what to make of this post. Heimoff likens checking out movie criticism after seeing a movie to checking out wine criticism. I’m not sure that the analogy holds. When you check out a movie critic, you’re trying to find out something about the movie that eluded you. I’m not sure that that’s really the case with wine. I think it’s more just wanting to know how someone else felt about the wine, kind of a herd mentality thing, nothing more, nothing less.
Playing with Yeast Diversity: Not Quite Science
This is a pretty interesting post on the subject of yeast. I’ve always been pretty much of the opinion that the effect of yeast on wine is vastly overrated. In fact, most studies show that six months after the fermentation pretty much all of the sensory effect of yeast on the wine had disappeared. Nonetheless, it’s not wholly out of the realm of possibility that some of these unusual yeasts, even if they don’t finish off the fermentation, could have some effect on the finished wine.
In my book, this is a tough one. As is so often the case in life, there’s no one clear-cut answer. It’s a balancing between competing interests. In this case, the French authorities are mandating use of a pesticide to inhibit the spread of a disease. The grape grower, who is organic, obviously doesn’t want to participate. I can understand that. I can also understand how his neighbor could feel very differently.
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