A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
Elaine Chukan Brown posts Part 3 of her series on the aftermath of the Napa/Sonoma fires addressing questions of fermentation and smoke taint.
Steve Heimoff suspends his political commentary to address the question of crowdsourcing vs. wine critics.
Julien Miquel has a list of New Zealand’s 25 most expensive wines.
Bob on Sonoma compares Napa’s limited varietals with Sonoma’s diversity.
Winery Visits and Travel Posts:
The Drunken Cyclist recounts Day Two of the 10 worst days of his life, spent wandering about Paris. That sounds awful.
Food Wine Click recounts day one of their visit to Chablis.
Selected Wine Reviews:
Fredric Koeppel celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bonny Doon’s Le Cigare Volant with the red from 2013 and the white from 2015.
The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Wente Sauvingon Blanc Louis Mel 2016.
The Wine Daily reviews two Lasorda Family Wines from Paso Robles, the family of former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda.
Pull That Cork reviews 4 of Dave Phinney’s Locations wines.
Good Vitis reviews Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro, Rioja, 2013
Lisa Johnson reviews Barboursville Vineyards Octagon, 2013, a Bordeaux-style blend from Virginia.