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

Tom Wark lists what he’s learned from 13 years of wine blogging. (That is a very long run!)

The Wine Curmudgeon jumps into the holiday wine gift parade with his affordable recommendations.

For the genuine wine geeks out there, the Academic Wino reports on a study of how pollen quality affects fruit set; it’s bad news for Touriga Nacional.

The Drunken Cyclist systematically evaluates four wine preservation systems to determine which is the most effective.

Vino-sphere helps the cause of promoting boutique wineries by covering a new product, the Boutique Wine Sampler, which is about to be  launched in Costco stores in California.

John Fodera gives us a small sampling of Vin Santo from a relatively new Tuscan wine region, Orcia DOC. We want to hear more.

If you’re curious about the origins of the peculiar practice of drinking bubbly from a women’s shoe, Aaron Goldfarb at VinePair has the story.