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

Margaret Rand has a fascinating discussion of aging Champagne.

Alfonso Cevola On the Wine Trail in Italy ruminates on aging and simple pleasures.

Winemaker Craig Camp of Troon Vineyards advocates biodynamic approaches to grape growing.

Deborah Parker Wong joined Didier Depond, President of the Champagne houses Salon and Delamotte for an enlightening lunch.

The Wine Gourd analyses data on the question of how long we should cellar our wines.

A Must Read analyses data on the social media savvy of Bordeaux Chateau.

Pam Strayer reports that organic vineyard planting in France has grown 4%, but Sonoma’s commitment to organic appears to be declining.

James Melendez reports on his experience at TEXSOM 2018.

Cellar Tours lists Argentina’s top 10 icon wines.

Julian Miguel assembles several facts about Pinot Grigio.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Dallas Wine Chick visits Tuscany’s Castiglion del Bosco.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode reviews the Y2KX Collective The Mystical Being 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand, a skin contact Sauvignon Blanc.

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2017 Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir Patagonia

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Tiefenbrunner “Turmhof” Lagrein 2015, from Alto Adige-Sudtirol

Allison Levine reviews La Voix Rebel Rebel Pinot Noir from San Luis Obispo.

Martin Redmond profiles grower Champagne, especially Franck Bonville Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Prestige

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2014 Chateau Moulin A Vent Moulis En Medoc, a Cru Bourgeois from Bordeux.

Jameson Fink reviews the Donnafugata Floramundi 2016 Cerasuolo di Vittoria from Sicily.

Amber Lebeau reviews the 2017 Mr. Pink rosé.

Tom Lee reviews the 2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks Vineyard

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