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

fog in vinyardA federal judge in Texas has struck down Texas laws preventing out of state corporate entities from selling spirits.

Jeremy Parzen updates his Italian-English wine glossary.

Vino-Sphere finds a wine pairing for ratatouille, and it of course is from the South of France.

Tom Wark compares the rhetoric of proponents of Measure C in Napa to the rhetoric of Donald Trump.

Jamie Goode has an informative and thoughtful post on wine judges at competitions and what it takes to be a good one.

The Wine Curmudgeon takes a dim view of the guzzle buddy, a glass that screws into the bottle so you can guzzle the wine.

Selected Reviews:

Quentin Sadler’s affordable wine of the week is the Vinya Carles Crianza Bodegas Reserva de la Tierra Priorat Catalunya Spain.

Sarah Ahmed reviews several wines from Quinta da Costa do Pinhão, “elegant and “ delicate” wines from the Douro.