by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Red Côte Rosé, 7 Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars)
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.
Book review: “What Price Bordeaux” by Benjamin Lewin MW
This review is the launching pad for a discussion of various issues concerning Bordeaux, and its classification system.
Does wine really prevent heart problems?
There’s lots of misinformation out there about wine and health. This article is an excellent summary of what we know, and what we don’t. The conclusion: while there is evidence that suggests wine might be beneficial, that evidence is, at this point in time, far from conclusive. Better to drink wine because you enjoy it than out a belief that it will make you healthier.
Blending requires more from winemakers
An interesting article on the benefits of blending. While it’s not at all impossible to make a wonderful wine from a single varietal, I think all winemakers would agree that many wines benefit greatly from blending. I’ve done a post on this subject myself: http://artisanfamilyofwines.com/blog/?p=149.
Progress and first mistakes
The latest installment of Arthur’s Los Angeles vineyard planting. Includes interesting discussion of rootstock, its origins and uses.
Just Keeps Getting Better
This review of the 1999 L’Ermitage caught my attention because I think this is one of the real values (even at $60, though it can be found for a lot less) in sparklers. There are very few California sparklers that rival the great wines of Champagne, but this is one of them.
For keeping up to date with what’s going on the in wine world, the best all around source is http://winebusiness.com.