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grapes-2656259__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Alan Goldfarb breaks his rules and as a result writes a paean to Trefethen winery, rebuilt after the earthquake of 2014.

W. Blake Gray asks Which is better: the $90 Scotch or the $690 Scotch?

The Wine Curmudgeon thinks wine prices may not be going up in 2018 and premiumization may be taking a hit.

Jeremy Parzen reports on NatDiego, the natural wine festival held last week in San Diego.

Amanda Barnes has the latest figures on worldwide wine production by country.

Randy Caparosa serves up a prognoses for 2018 Zinfandel.

James the Wine Guy recommends some rare wine varieties we should be tasting.

Sonoma shoots down cannabis sales downtown.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

The Drunken Cyclist is pedaling around France drinking only wines en carafe.

Wine Travel Eats and Strong Coffee to Red Wine visit Kelly Fleming Wines in Napa Valley near Calistoga.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode tastes through Frank Cornelissen’s newly-released, single vineyard Etna wines.

Simon Wolff celebrates a book launch with a tasting of a Gravner vertical, the iconic Italian orange wine.

JVB Uncorked reviews the Modus Operandi 2011 Bacchipectus, Napa, California

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