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

If you have trouble following the twists and turns of Italy’s renowned Antinori brothers, John Fodera will catch you up on the birth of Il Pino di Biserno.

The three-tier system is under scrutiny today:

–Beverage Attorney John Hinman explains how wine distributors take advantage of the 3-tier distribution system.

–The Wine Curmudgeon reports on more consolidation among distributors making it harder for you to get the wine you want.

–And if you are getting the idea that distributors are corrupt and stupid, Tom Wark supplies some anecdotal evidence.

Levi Dalton  interviews wine writer Patrick Comiskey who details the history of how U.S.-grown Rhone varietals emerged as a player in the U.S. market.