A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
In an amusing blog post, importer Bartholomew Broadbent describes a day in the drinking life of his father, the famous English wine merchant Michael Broadbent.
The Wine Gourd explains why the oft cited claim that wine grapes are grown between 30 degrees and 50 degrees latitude is simplistic and develops alternative maps to describe viticultural regions.
Tom Wark skewers know nothings who throw around old shibboleths about wine snobs and wine quality.
Dr. Vino reports that U.S. wine may be subject to Chinese tariffs in the brewing, Trump-induced trade war.
Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, ruminates on what makes someone an influencer.
Jamie Goode profiles Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, one of Burgundy’s rising stars.
Dallas Wine Chick profiles the Women Owned Wineries of Sonoma project and tastes sparkling wines from Breathless Wines and converses with Julie Pedroncelli.
Here are more vegetarian food/ wine pairings from The Wine Daily.
Dave Nershi reports of the emergence of the Craft Wine Association.
Becca Yeamans-Irwin explores DO Monsant, the relatively new appellation near Priorat, Spain.
Pam Strayer announces the launch of a new website “Organically Sonoma” devoted to organic and bio-dynamic wines from Sonoma County.
Austin Beeman profiles Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars, a Sonoma grower making his wines at the Caymus facilities in Rutherford.
The Drunken Cyclist reports on his visit to Château de Meursault, near the epicenter of French Chardonnay.
Erica Stancliff, Winemaker at Trombetta Family Wines and Furthermore Wines, explains the difference between cultured yeasts and native yeasts.
Jamison Fink finds a $10 gem, the Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
And speaking of bargains, Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews the 2015 Stephane Ogier, Les Temps est Venu, Cotes du Rhone, selling for around $15.
Tim Atkin reports on the the fourth annual Lismore tasting, pitching South Africa against the rest of the world, focused on wooded Sauvignon Blanc and white Bordeaux blends.
Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2016 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley.
She also finds the 1998 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be drinking well after 20 years.
Fred Koeppel finds value in the Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc 2016.