A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Jamie Goode reports on the Southern French co-op Plaimont Producteurs’ research into grape varieties that once were grown but were discarded for the wrong reasons.

Levi Dalton interviews Languedoc winemaker Samuel Guibert, producer of the unique blend Mas de Daumas Gassac, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tannat, and many other varietals.

Blake Gray presents some new research that seems to show that women and men do not differ in their wine preferences.  Robert Joseph thinks the research is bunk.

Tom Wark takes Apple to task for banning the app “Where to Smoke” and worries that wine apps might receive the same treatment.

At Wine Searcher, Oliver Styles has a fascinating discussion of balance in wine and wonders why high acid wines are not considered unbalanced.

Wine-Beer-Washington.com has, shall we say, an unorthodox tip for surviving holiday dinners.