Wine Blog Daily Monday 4/16/18

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

tuscany-2194879_960_720The Wine Gourd argues persuasively that wine scores which are the result of different evaluative schemes cannot be compared.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, engages in a thought experiment—what if we approached all wines using Italian wine as the benchmark?

Seth Buckley explores wine and pizza pairings from the wine regions of Northern Italy.

Julien Miquel reports on his crowdfunded project to produce the Aveine smart aerator.

Levi Dalton interviews Arvid Rosengren, who won the World’s Best Sommelier title in 2016.

Susannah Gold reports on day 1 of Vinitaly, the Italian wine trade show.

Jo Diaz walks through areas affected by the Napa/Sonoma fires last fall and provides a photo report on the spectacular foliage now gracing the hillsides.

Deborah Parker Wong reports on the 3rd Annual Willamette Valley wine auction which funds marketing and education initiatives for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.

Jamie Goode reports on week 1 of the International Wine Challenge.

Terroirist interviews Anthony Walkenhorst winemaker for Kim Crawford.

Miquel Hudin reports on Grenaches du Monde, a roving celebration of Grenache that took place this year in Terra Alta in the province of Tarragona, Spain.

A Must Read profiles Harry McWatters, the “Robert Mondavi’’ of British Columbia wine.

WINEormous promotes a unique trade show,  the International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) in San Francisco which takes place in July.

The Swirling Dervish profiles Navarro D.O. and includes a discussion of Pacharán Navarro, a spirit made from the fruit of the blackthorn plant.

Dallas Wine Chick continues her report on Santa Barbara with visits to Hilliard Bruce, Tyler, Bryon, Beckmen and Pence Wineries.

Selected Reviews:

The Wine Curmudgeon reviews four wines from Target’s California Roots and sends his regrets.

Reverse Wine Snob recommends we splurge on the Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino 2010.

Jamie Goode reviews the Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Adelaide Hills, Australia.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc 2017, from Australia’s Adelaide Hills appellation.

Issac Baker at Terroirist reviews wines from Smith Story, Eighty-Four, Frank Family, and Kelly Fleming.

Allison Levine’s pick of the week is the Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé.

Cindy Rynning reviews two budget wines from Navarra,  the Inurrieta Orchidea 2017 ($7), of 100% Sauvignon Blanc, and Otazu Premium Cuvee 2013 ($13), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Tempranillo paired with a Spanish Tortilla.

My Wine Pal reviews 10 sparkling wines from British Columbia, Canada.

Enofylz profiles Arrow and Branch, located in Napa Valley

Appetite for Wine reviews the Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 2014, a Sangiovese/Cabernet blend from Tuscany.

Talk-A-Vino reviews several wines from Lieb Cellars, a Long Island New, York winery.

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