grapes-1952073__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Troon Vineyards’ Craig Camp reports on their first steps toward full organic and biodynamic certification.

Jamie Goode wonders in anti-cork sentiment is fading in New Zealand and Australia.

Alfonso Cevola argues that Italian wine is ready to challenge the French in the global market for fine wine.

Talk-A-Vino interviews Sandrine Logette, Cellar Master of Champagne Duval-Leroy, and Séverine Frerson, Chef de Caves at Piper-Heidsieck.

Amanda Barnes profiles Andre Weinert of Mendoza’s Bodega & Cavas de Weinert

Tom Wark discusses the Napa Valley Vintners announcement that they oppose the  Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative of 2018.

Dallas Wine Chick investigates the wines of New Jersey.

At Reverse Wine Snob Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor and Winemaker Stewart Cameron of Ancient Peaks Winery discuss the art and science of blending wines.

Michelle Williams gives us an overview of Australian Shiraz and reminds us of how good they can be.

Selected Reviews

Jamie Goode reviews the Ravanes Les Gravières du Taurou 2000 a budget wine from Languedoc that once beat Petrus.

JVB Uncorked reviews an extreme wine, Kellerei Cantina Andrian’s ‘Tor Di Lupo’ Lagrein Riserva 2014, DOC Alto Adige.

Ken’s Wine Guide tastes several Zinfandels in anticipation of February’s ZAP tasting.

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2014 Foursight Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley’s Charles Vineyard

Julien Miquel reviews the 2010 Château Couhins-Lurton Rouge, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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