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

waters-3165575__340Deborah Parker Wong explores the nature of luxury with Gilles de Larouzière, President of the Champagne house Maisons & Domaines

Matt Walls nails down the criteria for what counts as a great vintage and recommends we sometimes drink lesser vintages when they’re more accessible.

Jamie Goode ruminates on the need for introspection.

Julien Miquel looks at four global wine brands and explains why their websites help explain their success.

The Grape Geeks get us up to date on new French varieties that are disease resistant and reduce the need for pesticides.

Wine blogger and publicist Jo Diaz has some advice for wine brands who want to get exposure for their product.

Tom Wark points out the seemingly contradictory advice we sometimes get from science.

The Drunken Cyclist continues his exploration of Sicily visiting Baglio di Pianetto.

John Fodera profiles the iconic Barolo producer Pio Cesare and samples the 1996 Pio Cesare Barbaresco.

Selected Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2014 Château Valtice Vino Z Czech Rivaner (aka Müller-Thurgau) from Moravia.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s value wine of the week is the Coltibuono Chianti Cetamura 2015

Susannah Gold is focused on the Willamette Valley, reviewing Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay as well as  Sokol Blosser’s Rosé of Pinot Noir.

Mathew Gaughan reviews the La Bruja de Rozas 2015, a Garnacha from outside of Madrid.