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

liguriaLevi Dalton interviews Burgundy Vigneron Jean-Pierre de Smet

The Wine Economist addresses the difficulties of selling the once proud Zinfandel and the people who keep it alive.

The Wine Curmudgeon covers bad rose, new ID technology, and wine additives.

Julien Miquel pairs burgers and zinfandel.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts

Allison Levine posts part 1 of her trip to Croatia.

Food Wine Click visits Château de Béru in Chablis.

Jeremy Parzen explores the foods of Liguria, the homeland of pesto and focaccia.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews Left Coast Cellars “The Orchards” Pinot Gris 2016, Willamette Valley

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2016 Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc High Valley Lake County and the Richie Valley Sauv Blanc from Russian River.

Jamie Goode reviews new releases from Black Estate, North Canterbury, New Zealand

Tom Lee reviews new releases from Sonoma’s Bruce Patch Wines

Aaron Nix Gomez reviews the 2014 Causse du Theron, Terrasse, Cahors

Wine Travel Eats bargain wine of the week is the Conn Creek Herrick Red