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

The Wine Economist, Mike Veseth, describes how trickle up wine economics works in vintages such as 2017 when the harvest is poor.

Master of Wine Tim Atkin asks What do we mean by fine wine?

Blake Gray visits a winery that follows the Torah in leaving vineyard land fallow, i.e. producing no crop, once every seven years, and discovers a real difference.

Vincent Rendoni at Wine Folly covers Nebbiolo in a nutshell.

Courtney Schiessel traces the rebirth of Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s Schioppettino, the robust red wine that almost disappeared.

Susannah Gold continues her investigation of indigenous Italian Varietals this week discussing Morone Nero from Tuscany.

Selected Reviews:

Alison Levine explores four producers from Madeira.

Meg Houston Maker reviews  the 2014 Passopisciaro Contrada R Terre Siciliane, a Nerello Mascalese from Mt. Etna.

Tom Lee reviews one of Washington State’s classic wines, the Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 2008.

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