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

grapes hangingCelia Drinks writes about the drinks that make up her liquid life.

The Alcohol Professor chats with Melissa Burr, winemaker extraordinaire from Stoller Vineyards in Willamette Valley.

Bob On Sonoma explains why we should be drinking more Zinfandel.

Elizabeth Smith has the data on the importance of having a well-trained staff in the tasting room.

Amy Lieberfarb covers the facts about cover crops and their importance in vineyard management.

The Drunken Cyclist insists we all must enter the Rodney Strong Master Blender sweepstakes to win a trip to Sonoma.

Miquel Hudin has some advice for wineries using social media.

Julien Miquel has three Mascarpone recipes that pair well with wine.

Selected Reviews:

Giovanni Segni profiles two skin contact wines,  Cà Sciampagne from Marche and Sa Defenza from Sardinia, but more importantly ponders the real meaning of “hipster”.

Fredric Koeppel finds the Toad Hollow Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Lodi to be winsome.

Jamie Goode reviews several Clos Cibonne Rosé wines, a Provence producer using the relatively obscure Tibouren varietal.

1 Wine Dude compares drinking Romanelli Sagrantino di Montefalco to having kinky sex.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Bilbainas Zaco 2015, a $10 Spanish red.