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.
What Percent of Tasting Room Visitors Buy Nothing?
SVB on Wine
This is a pretty interesting post on the subject of tasting rooms and customers who aren’t really customers because they come in, taste your wine, waste your time, and buy nothing. How to avoid these “customers” is a large part of the post.
Praising California Chardonnay, and a remark about my new job
What is a good Chardonnay supposed to taste like? That’s really the subject of this post. Personally, while I recognize that Chardonnay can be made in any number of different styles, I really don’t like the buttery oaky style that is its signature style here in California. I don’t like that style even when it is not overdone, which it generally is. I guess Heimoff feels differently.
A pretty interesting chart trying to match up desserts with wines. I think it very much adheres to the tried and true wisdom that you should try to match up foods with similar wines in terms of things like sweetness and acidity.
The $300 Coravin question
the Wine curmudgeon
I would be really curious to try out one of these things, but no way I’m plunking down $300 for one. Especially when for $.50 you can get a 375 ML bottle which is a perfectly good way to save half of a bottle of wine (usually the amount that’s left over if one person is drinking a couple of glasses with dinner – if it’s two people, then there’s nothing left over and you don’t need anything).
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