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

Jamie Goode considers the importance of criticism and of developing the ability to listen to it.

Foxress at From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love ponders how wine can transcend time and space, although in the end nothing transcends time.

L.M. Archer reports on the 2018 Oregon Wine Symposium.

Cellar Tours lays out a perfect 48 hour itinerary for a visit to Champagne.

The Wine Curmudgeon argues that the wine industry has to do more wine education if they want people to get into wine.

Bob On Sonoma notices some interesting facts about whose drinking wine in SVB’s annual wine report.

Wine, Travel, Eats provides an overview of Walla Walla Washington and the reasons for visiting and then recommends wineries to visit.

Jason Solanki  chronicles his visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake, on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario.

Selected Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker finds profundity in the 2013 Ramey Syrah Rogers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Brooks Sparkling Riesling 2015, a Willamette Valley producer.

julien Miquel evaluates Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay, a village wine from the famed producer.

Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews two from Italy, the 2015 Fattoria dei Barbi, Rosso di Montalcino and the 2015 Tua Rita, Rosso dei Notri.

Dave Nershi profiles Breathless Sparkling Wines owned by three sisters with a tasting room in Healdsburg.