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

photo-1464036388609-747537735eabRon Washam, The Hosemaster of Wine, announces that the Wine Spectator’s reviews are written by AI. Praise be to our robot overlords.

W. Blake Gray likens visiting Napa Valley to taking an international flight.

The Wine Curmudgeon worries that prices for the world’s top wines are making wine too inaccessible harming its future.

Peter Pharos pans lazy skepticism about wine expertise but wonders about its value.

Susannah Gold wonders about how to handle writing about wineries with politics you disagree with.

A Must Read profiles Napa producer  James Harder and his three brands, James Cole, Tank Garage and T-Vine Wineries.

Cellar Tours suggests wines to pair with Jamon and Prosciutto.

Selected Reviews:

Julian Miquel reviews  the 2012 Château Bonnet Réserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Entre-Deux-Mers area of Bordeaux.

Jamie Goode tastes several wines from the South African producer Thorne & Daughters.

Fredric Koeppel is delighted by the 2017 Steele Cabernet Franc Rosé.

Michelle Williams profiles Smith Story wines, a new producer located in Sonoma.

Pull That Cork reviews the 2016 Fel Chardonnay from Anderson Valley.