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

Blake Gray takes the Wine Spectator to task for not reporting alcohol percentages in their 2017 Top Ten list, and helpfully supplies that information, with commentary, himself.

Master Somm Tim Gaiser considers the importance of context in tasting wine, especially regarding the value of Brettanomyces, a yeast that some consider a flaw when it influences wine aromas.

The Drunken Cyclist ruminates on the intimate connection between wine and cycling and discovers their intersection at Peloton Cellars.

Other stories have shuffled the Napa/Sonoma fires of the news stage, but Dave Nershi at Vino-Sphere reports on some of the important stories to emerge from the devastation as well as the spirit of hope now pervading the region.

Ice Cubes in Champagne? Julien Miguel at Social Vignerons reviews Moët & Chandon’s Ice Imperial, a wine designed to be served over ice.

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