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.

No Wine, But Lots of Swill in This Study

Fermentation

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2014/06/wine-lots-swill-study/

This graphic is pretty depressing. Young people don’t drink much wine. Albeit, this is the 13-20 age group, so they should not really be drinking at all. And there’s hope for the future still.

What electric car patents and some AVAs have in common

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2014/06/16/what-electric-car-patents-and-some-avas-have-in-common/#sthash.bSqtexl4.dpuf

Unfortunately, it’s really hard for a small AVA, and a small winery in a small AVA, to do much to get that AVA on the consumers’ radar.

Understanding sulfites’ role in wines

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2014/06/17/understanding-sulfites-role-wines/

I found this article on sulfur dioxide as a naturally occurring substance in wine really interesting, even if it was a bit on the technical side. It didn’t really change my understanding that sulfur dioxide occurs in small amounts in wine naturally, but I had not understood that it occurs due to the fermentation alone.

Uncorked! in Suisun Valley continues on June 21, 2014

Wine Blog

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2014/06/12/uncorked-suisun-valley-continues-june-21-2014/

I was going to be pouring at this event, but unforeseen business requirements landed me in Los Angeles instead. By all reports, this event was a great success however.

Blind Tasting: Unreliable but Necessary

W. Blake Gray

http://palatepress.com/2014/06/wine/blind-tasting-unreliable-necessary/

It is something of a quandary. If you look at how blind tasting stands up to scientific evaluation, well, basically, it doesn’t. The same wine tasted on multiple occasions by different, or even the same, taster, will get wildly different scores. On the other hand, what is the case for non-blind tasting? Of course, scores will not be as erratic, because everybody knows that if they are tasting a Margaux, they are supposed to give it a high score. Damn how it tastes. Throw in the fact that wines can taste very differently bottle to bottle, and can be affected by such things as the mood of the taster, or the food that it is consumed with, and it is very hard to come to any hard and fast rule about how wines should be evaluated. Or, more accurately, that hard and fast rule is not just elusive, it simply does not exist.

The Release Of Your Wine Is Not “News”

1 Wine Dude

http://www.1winedude.com/the-release-of-your-wine-is-not-news/#more-13530

The graphic on this alone is humorous enough to justify reading the post.

Wine competitions and wine scores

The Wine Curmudgeon

http://winecurmudgeon.com/wine-competitions-wine-scores/

It’s kind of hypocritical to criticize wine competitions as being the charade that they are, and then go judge one. Which is the problem that the Wine Curmudgeon has here. But I’ve been in that predicament myself, so I sympathize.

Are we facing a cheap wine crisis?

The Wine Curmudgeon

http://winecurmudgeon.com/are-we-facing-a-cheap-wine-crisis/

Is the cheaper segment of the wine market going the way of Coca-Cola? That’s really the question that the Wine Curmudgeon asks. And it’s pretty hard not to conclude that the answer is “Yes”.

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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