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

Tom Wark explains why we should all be disturbed by wine distributors acting like thugs.

Bob on Sonoma provides a brief primer on Pinot Noir clones and their importance.

The news media has moved on from the fires in Napa/Sonoma, but Liza Zimmerman provides a crucial update reminding us that the vast majority of wineries and services are open for business and need tourism to return.

The Wine Curmudgeon discusses holiday wine trends, one of which is that younger drinkers are willing to experiment and spend more for genuine quality.

foodwineclick dives into the topic of various methods of vineyard management with a helpful overview.

Rockin’ Red Blog has an informative post up about South African wines.

Here are some gift ideas for the wine lover in your life.

Susannah Gold gives us reason to take the much-maligned Pinot Grigio seriously.