barrel-1684899__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Elaine Chukan Brown delivers part 2 of her series on the aftermath of last year’s fires in Napa/Sonoma.

Celia Bryan-Brown argues that wine marketing should focus more on how a wine makes you feel rather than how it tastes.

The Wine Economist argues that the New World and the Old World often misunderstand each other.

Tom Wark reports on the new case concerning wine distribution that may get a hearing before SCOTUS.

French insurance and wine company AXA-Millésimes has purchased Napa’s Outpost

The Wine Curmudgeon reports on the role of wine criticism, Belgium wine, and the International Style.

Jameson Fink is bullish on vermouth.

John Fodera brings us his harvest report for Italy 2018.

Pam Strayer reports on the new ownership of Acre Wines of Napa, artisan producers of organic wines.

Vino Sphere has the latest wine, food, and travel news.

Selected Wine Reviews:

JvB Uncorked is enthusiastic about Mastroleo Negroamaro 2012, Puglia, IGT, Italy

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 90 Plus Cellars Lot 23 Old Vine Malbec from Mendoza.

Lisa Johnston reviews the Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017

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