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

The Wine Curmudgeon reports on a study that suggests we use bigger wine glasses than in the past and entertains several explanations.

The Academic Wino reports on a study investigating the influence of touch on our perceptions of aroma and texture.

Jeremy Parzen has an early report on Italy’s pre-harvest.

Deborah Parker Wong reports on new data that supports the validity of blind tasting wine expertise.

This week’s Wine to Five podcast is devoted to Cru Artisan College, the wine education courses designed by Banfi.

Cool Climate Wine is dissatisfied with wine apps and has ideas about how to improve them.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Allison Levine delivers Part 2 of her trip to Croatia.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2012 Ricci Curbastro Satèn Brut Franciacorta

The Drunken Cyclist profiles Ravenswood Single Vineyard Zinfandels.

Jameson Fink puts the spotlight on German Spätburgunder

Cindy Rynning reviews summer wines from Willamette Valley’s Left Coast Cellars.

Tom Lee tastes a vertical of Washington’s Force Majeure CS IV, a Merlot based red blend.