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

Winemaker Alison Crowe discusses the early bud break in Napa/Sonoma and how they protect the buds from the recent frost.

Deborah Parker Wong details the decisions Amarone producers are making to confront climate change, especially regarding choice of yeast.

The Wine Curmudgeon expects wine prices to rise in the U.S. because of inflation and the weak dollar.

Here is Jamie Goode’s final installment of his series on the harvest at Gabrielskloof Winery in South Africa.

Do Bianchi’s translation of writer and anarchist Luigi Veronelli’s paean to Lambrusco explains why Lambrusco is quite literally the “wine of freedom”.

Women Owned Wineries of Sonoma features L.M. Archer’s profile of Julie Pedroncelli St. John of Pedronicelli Winery.

At Wine to Five Podcast this week the conversation is about Cava Rosé.

Selected Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel finds the the Hess Collection “Allomi” Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley “sleek and chiseled”.

Jon Thorsen finds the Mamma Mia Red Blend easy to drink and uncomplicated.

Susannah Gold reviews the Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve 2014.

The Armchair Sommelier argues that vintage charts are for most purposes uninformative while reviewing a Chardonnay and Cabernet from Smith Madrone.