A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
W. Blake Gray explains the economics of Cabernet’s continued and growing dominance in Napa Valley.
Tom Wark reports, optimistically, that we may be turning the corner on the three-tier system in light of developments in Texas.
Levi Dalton interviews wine writer Esther Mobley for his “I’ll Drink to That” podcast.
The Wine Curmudgeon argues that the wine industry is disconnected from reality.
The Swirling Dervish reports on the Tour de France while sipping wine from the regions traversed by the racers.
The Wine Daily reports on Penfold’s new baijiu-infused Shiraz. Baijiu is China’s most popular spirit.
Winery Visits and Travel Posts:
Jamie Goode visits a natural wine bar in Hong Kong.
Fredric Koeppel reviews the Quinta do Vallado Douro Red 2015 from Portugal.
Michelle Williams explains how to get out of a wine rut and reviews several red wines that will do just that.
Aaron Nix-Gomez tastes through several vintages of Bodegas Hermanos Pecina, a renowned producer of Rioja.
Good Vitis reviews the 2015 Smith-Madrone Riesling from Napa’s Spring Mountain district.
JvB Uncorked reviews the Ranch 32 Chardonnay 2016, Arroyo Seco, Monterey