purple-grapes-vineyard-napa-valley-napa-vineyard-45209A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Wine Gourd has an informative post about social bots and the problems they create for wine marketers as well as anyone else seeking accurate information online.

Cool Climate Wine has a spirited critique of high end California wineries producing wine that will not age.

Jon Thorsen interviews Chris Saylor, CTO of Vintage Wine Estates about how the Internet has impacted winemaking and marketing.

Alder Yarrow tastes 2016 Cabernet at Premiere Napa Valley and pronounces it a rockstar vintage.

Jamie Goode visits Simplesmente Vinho, an artisanal wine fair in Porto, Portugal and he has photos and a video.

Marc Hinton at Enobytes  provides a comprehensive overview of the Paso Robles wine region on California’s Central Coast.

James Melendez  recounts his visit to the highly regarded Sicilian winery Donnafugata.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, ponders his future as a wine lover.

The Drunken Cyclist continues to chronicle his trip to Alentejo, Portugal with a visit to Herdade de Malhadinha Nova

Selected Reviews:

Social Vignerons reviews the 10 best wine apps for 2018.

Issac Baker at Terroirist reviews Siduri’s 2015 lineup of Pinot Noir.

Jamie Goode profiles Crystallum, a South African producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Fredric Koeppel reviews Albert Bichot Bourgogne Aligoté 2015.

John Fodera reports on several top wines from Montefalco Sagrantino.

Cool Climate Wine reviews the 2013 Pieropan Soave Classico.

Tim Lemke at Cheap Wine Ratings reviews the Franz Keller, Schwarzer Adler, Pinot Blanc, 2011.

WineOrl profiles two wines from Barolo’s Margheria Crus, an Azelea and a Massolino both from 2013