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

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The Douro River

Allison Levine describes the contribution of women to winemaking along Portugal’s Douro River, past and present.

Tim Atkin weighs the pros and cons of buying Bordeaux en primeur.

Felix Salmon thinks investing in wine is a bad deal.

The Wine Curmudgeon reports on private label wines, weed against wine, and more wine thievery which seems increasingly common.

Levi Dalton interviews Napa’s Ray Coursen of Elyse Winery.

Aaron Menenberg spends five days in Napa and fills us in on the tasty details.

Selected Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2013 Alpha Omega Chardonnay from Napa Valley.

Cindy Rynning reviews two Albarinos from Raix Baixas accompanied by Grilled Salmon and citrus.

Tom Lee reviews a classic, the 2009 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.