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

How the mighty have fallen. Sweet wines from Bordeaux are no longer  talked about much in the wine world. Cyndi Rynning at Grape Experiences takes us through a tasting that includes some great bargains.

Tom Wark reports on his top ten wine stories of 2017.

Blogger and wine finance specialist Rob McMillan has a comprehensive report on what’s known to date about financial losses due to the fires in Napa and Sonoma.

Jamie Goode wonders if the natural wine movement has run its course.

Andrew Jefford argues that we are misled by alcohol labeling on wine.

Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist, reviews two new wine books. Caro Feely’s book on the struggles of a small vineyard estate in France looks especially interesting.