Good Reads Wednesday

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.

You can cut back on alcohol

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-alcohol16-2009nov16,0,474959.story

This fascinating article in the L. A. Times takes a look at alcohol abuse, with conclusions very different that what we’ve come to believe to be the case.  For example, many abusers are able to reduce their alcohol consumption on their own.  Except for the most serious cases, complete abstinence is not the only solution.   None of this is an excuse or a carte blanche to drink excessively, but it’s certainly food for thought on a subject where we’ve generally come to believe abstinence to be the only solution.

Bank: Fine wine sales to improve in 2010

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20091118/BUSINESS/911189951/1339?Title=Report-Fine-wine-sales-to-improve-in-2010

A prediction of a brighter future for wine sales.  Not really.  When you read the details, any improvement will be lackluster, and coming off a really bad base.  Basically, we’ve taken a major hit, and any improvement is just rising a bit off the ocean floor.  Though even that would be appreciated at the moment.

The Big (wine) Lie

Tom Wark, Fermentation

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2009/11/the-big-wine-lie.html

Subtlety is definitely not Wark’s strong suit.  A very interesting, and totally unrestrained, examination of the three-tier wine distribution system (producer, wholesaler, retailer).  The upshot of it all is that the system is justified by a series of lies about its reason for its coming into being, and more lies to justify its continuing existence.  Aren’t a lot of good guys in this story.

What Wine Goes with Red Herring?

Arthur Z. Przebinda

http://palatepress.com/2009/11/what-wine-goes-with-red-herring/

A fascinating article in a series on the subject of wine and food pairings, this article focusing on tannic wines.  The conclusion is unremarkable to some extent (tannic wines pair well with foods high in protein), but runs counter to conventional wisdom in other regards (goes less well with salt, and not very well with oils).  Most interesting is the discussion, which goes into the science behind these pairings.  It’s a pleasure to see someone actually going to the trouble of trying to understand something about how wine works, instead of the more common soap-boxing without any effort to garner evidence in support of the often dubious claims.

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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