A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
The Wine Curmudgeon is out with his eagerly awaited $3 wine challenge for 2018.
Vicki Dennig talks to retailers about how to successfully co-market food and wine.
Bob on Sonoma summarizes the California state wide crush report for 2017.
Eric Annino reviews The Wine Economist Mike Veseth’s book Around the World in Eighty Wines.
The Intrepid Wino interviews Tasmanian producer Steve Lubiana from Stefano Lubiana Wines.
The Wine Detective Sarah Ahmed has a comprehensive report on the Riesling Riot tasting in Melbourne showing Riesling from around the world.
Wine on VI recommends several Instagram accounts from which to explore global wine culture.
Cyndi Rynning tells the story of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and finds several high end wines, including a Don Melchor Cab, that evokes similar emotions.
Michelle Williams has several sparkling wine recommendations to make your Valentine’s Day sparkle.
For Valentine’s Day, Fredric Koeppel recommends the very affordable Domaine Paul Mas M Côté Mas Blanc de Blancs Brut, from France’s Côteaux du Languedoc.
L.M. Archer, The Hedonistic Taster, has four French wines on the lighter side that would do fine for Valentine’s Day.
Jon Thorsen highly recommends the 2014 Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Altitude, a red blend from South Africa.
Jo Diaz reviews a Prosecco and a Spumante Rosé from Bervini 1955 located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.