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

mosel-region-moselle-valley-germanyJulien Miquel explores the styles, aromas and stories of Riesling, an educational post.

The Wine Curmudgeon exposes the flaws in premiumization, the trend toward charging higher prices for wine.

The Academic Wino reports on a study of grapevine shoot chips as an oak substitute.

Tim Atkin reports on industry consolidation in UK supermarkets and its effect on wine quality.

John Fodera chats with Castello Banfi’s General Manager Enrico Viglierchio and supplies tasting notes as well.

Natalie Sellers profiles the most sought-after wines from Napa.

Bob On Sonoma provides some helpful advice on starting a tasting group.

Wine to Five Podcast this week chats about Ice Wine.

Allison Levine reports on Adam Lee’s new project Clarice Wine and their innovative marketing and sales program.

Selected Reviews:

Jamie Goode reviews the Domaine Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec 2015 Loire, France

Fredric Koeppel approves of the Robert Biale Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel 2016, from St. Helena.

Lisa Johnston reviews the English sparkler, Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blanc 2013.

Tom Lee reviews the 2008 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard from one of Washington State’s iconic wineries.