junk food wines

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

Louisa at The Grape Geeks answers a question we’ve all asked from time to time: Which wines pair with junk food?

Madeline Puckette at Wine Folly picks the best champagnes for any budget.

And while we’re on the topic, Jameson Fink reminds us of the quality of Crémant when looking for affordable bubbly.

Mike Madiao at Palate Press asks plaintively,  “Is it wrong to love inexpensive wine?”

Douglas Hillstrom describes the 12 most important Finger Lakes Wines of 2017.

The Wine Economist has some gift ideas for the wine book lovers on your holiday list.

And here are more gift ideas from Alder Yarrow.