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

Miquel Hudin discusses recent changes at several wine review sites and ponders the role of the critic in the wine world today.

Master of Wine Tim Atkin reflects on investment wines and questions the genuine value of luxury brands.

Michelle Williams wants you to drink more white wine this winter.

Jo Diaz tells the story of the mission grape in the U.S.

Bob Hunnicutt wonders if the time for wine in cans has arrived.

Blake Gray points to what has become a truism in the wine industry. Drink cheap Pinot at your own risk.