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

Vineyards in New ZealandTim Atkin reports on the success of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and its lack of quality when compared to French versions of the grape.

The U.S. lags way behind in per capita spending on wine. Bob on Sonoma has the figures.

Around the World in 80 Harvests explores several Croatian grape varieties.

Hannah Fuellenkemper has a wonderful post spoofing the contemporary skepticism about expertise, How Natural Wine Killed the Tasting Note.

Tom Wark has several friendly disagreements with James Conaway’s recent article on the problems of managing growth in Napa.

Jamie Goode has a video of the white wine harvest at Gabrielskloof in South Africa.

The Drunken Cyclist continues his tour of Lisbon, Portugal.

Michelle Williams at Rockin Red Blog has an in depth study of the wines of Alentejo Portugal.

Selected Wine Reviews:

1 Wine Dude visits Antonelli of Montefalco, Italy.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is Vigouroux Pigmentum Malbec 2016, a Cahors for $10.

Susannah Gold samples a modern Retsina made from Savatiano Grapes.

Fredric Koeppel celebrates Zinfandel with reviews of 5 Zins he discovered at ZAP.

Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews the 2015 J.L. Chave Selection, Mon Coeur, Cotes du Rhone