Good Reads Wednesday

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte Rosé)

jeff-smEvery 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.

‘Big’ wines

By Dan Berger

http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2009/09/25/wine/dan_berger/doc4abc0e5ca9fb1851200096.txt

Dan Berger makes a point that’s so obvious that it’s amazing more people haven’t caught on.  Super concentrated high alcohol wines are garnering the highest scores, but they aren’t what you want to drink with a meal or even for extended periods on their own.  Why aren’t people getting it?

Israeli Wine Scene

Bob Ecker

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4791-SF-International-Travel-Examiner~y2009m9d28-Israeli-Wine-Scene

An interesting summary of the state of the Israeli wine industry.  Without any history (or at least any history in the last 20 centuries), the industry is free to experiment without being bound to any rules.  Israel is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting and beautiful countries I’ve ever been to, and it would certainly be worthwhile to add wineries to the points of interest for a visit.

Wine Bloggers - We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

Neile Wolfe, Pulling the Cork

http://www.pullingthecork.com/2009/10/wine-bloggers-we-dont-need-no-stinkin-badges.html

The thrust of this post is that it’s hard to see how any of the more established wine writers/raters are entitled to any more credence than many of the raters on the blogosphere.  Since it’s hard to come with much in the way of objective criteria for wine judging beyond some real basics (no glaring flaw), and since there’s lots of disagreement about how good wines are, I can’t see on what basis one rater can be picked over another.

Steve Heimoff

http://www.steveheimoff.com/index.php/2009/10/02/4080/

For some reason, this post doesn’t have a title, but it’s a review of a book on Bordeaux, and particularly its classification systems.  The gist of it is that the classifications are a triumph of marketing, but of dubious value otherwise.

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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