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

Roger Morris at Palate Press discusses a topic close to my heart—wineries that refuse to release a wine until it’s ready, featuring Alexander Valley’s Garden Creek Vineyards.

Ken’s Wine Guide recommends several Champagne and Sparkling wines for New Year’s Eve.

The Wine Curmudgeon is out with his sparkling wine recommendations that will save you money.

The Drunken Cyclist picks his top “whoa” wines of 2017

Alfonso Cevola’s On The Wine Trail in Italy blog celebrates 13 years of publication. That’s a good run.

Tom Wark explains why wine criticism matters and defends the role of the wine critic.

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