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.

The Wine Materialist Lays a Natural Turd

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2014/02/wine-materialist-lays-natural-turd/

Wark keeps making the point that “Natural Wine” is just a marketing concept.  But he does it so well that I never get tired of it.

Annals of wine descriptors: “Profound”

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/02/13/annals-of-wine-descriptors-profound/

Heimoff grapples with the use of the term “profound” when it comes to wine.  I personally don’t have much use for the term.  It is conclusory.  The things that really describe wine are sensory.

Volatilizing esters brings you so much more enjoyment…

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2014/02/14/volatilize-esters-brings-much/

This is a pretty good primer on wine esters, which are really what make wines taste and, primarily, smell, how they do.

Do Wine Blogs Matter For Selling Wine? (The 1WineDude Conversion Rate)

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/wine-blogs-matter-for-selling-wine/#more-12801

This blog makes the argument that mentions on wine blogs translate into sales.  Not sure I buy the argument, but even at best it’s hard to see how any additional sales could amount to much (but, for most small wineries, isn’t that the case with pretty much any marketing?).

Eric Asimov and the dilemma of wine availability

Wine Curmudgeon

http://winecurmudgeon.com/eric-asimov-and-the-dilemma-of-wine-availablity/

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find wines because it’s really really hard to get wines from a small producer all the way through the supply chain to retail.  And keeping it there is just as hard as few consumers will have ever heard of you so the wines aren’t easy to move.  Easier for Kendall-Jackson to get on, and off, the shelves.

Novelty at the expense of quality?

jamie goode’s wine blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/novelty-at-the-expense-of-quality

An interesting look at the tried and true vs. the obscure and novel.  Obviously, there’s room for both, but I do have a bias in favor of the obscure.  I do believe that many obscure varieties are capable of making great wines.  That they haven’t been “discovered” is largely due to historical and marketing reasons, not the inherent inferiority of many of these varieties.

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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