A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
Stuart George of Vins Extroadinaires explains his guide to detecting wine fraud.
Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, has some thoughts on how to make Italian wine your life’s passion.
David Morrison at The Wine Gourd explores how monopolies in the wine market work, especially in Sweden.
Levi Dalton showcases several interviews with winemakers about Aligoté .
Bob on Sonoma explains how to tell if a wine will age.
wineORL reports on the lack of good regional maps for the emerging wine region of Etna
Dallas Wine Chick profiles Tom Gamble of Gamble Family Vineyards.
Susannah Gold explores the various expressions of Italy’s Vermentino varietal.
Strong Coffee to Red Wine ponders the meaning of wine scores.
Winery Visits and Travel Posts:
Allison Levine explores the food scene in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Cindy Rynning explores the wines and foods of Spain’s Monsant D.O.
Do Bianchi explores several versions of the Italian dish vitello tonnato.
Selected Wine Reviews:
Fredric Koeppel reviews the Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2016.
Issac Baker showcases several new releases from Virginia wineries.
The Wine Curmudgeon reviews two wines from Murrieta’s Well.
The Drunken Cyclist provides his opinion on several wines-in-a-can.
Talk-A-Vino profiles the wines of Gigondas.
The Swirling Dervish profiles the wines of Israel’s The Cremisan Wine Estate while setting the stage for Giro d’Italia, the first of cycling’s Grand Tour competitions.