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

pexels-photo-1047333Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, argues that the International style is changing for the better.

The Wine Writer’s Award shortlist has been released.

Napa winemaker Allison Crowe writes about the importance of bottling.

The Wine Curmudgeon reports on trends in restaurant wine prices for 2018.

Wine stats guru David Morrison explains how to calculate the price/quality ratio for any wine with a score and a price.

Sonoma County’s Direct to Consumer wine sales are up by 12%.

Pam Strayer reports on where to find organic, supermarket rosé.

Dallas Wine Chick looks beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, and other stereotypes, in an education seminar on Napa Valley.

Cellar Tours examines the current state of the debate regarding wine closures.

Jameson Fink wonders why Rosé bottles have crazy shapes and packaging.

Neel Burton analyses the psychology of snobbery.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Amanda Barnes tastes a vertical of several decades of St. Emilion’s Couvent des Jacobins and profiles this historic winery.

Jamie Goode visits Niagara’s Flat Rock Winery as well as Hidden Bench Winery also in Niagara.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016, Contra Costa County as well as the Wonderland Projects Two Kings Pinot Noir 2016

Issac Baker recommends a list of summer sippers.

Tim Lemke reviews the G. Stepp, Riesling, Sandstone from Pfalz.

Allison Levine’s Pick of the Week is the Mulderbosch 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Coastal Region, South Africa.

Martin Redmond profiles 3 Rosés from Provence.

Tom Lee reviews the 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard

Cindy Rynning profiles Saget La Perrière the Loire Valley Producer.

JvB Uncorked reviews the Jean-Baptiste Adam Crémant d’Alsace “Emotion” Brut Reserve, Alsace, France. ABV 12%;