grapes-1048826_960_720A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Fredric Koeppel has an insightful post about the purpose of wine writing.

Natalie Sellers lists the most expensive Syrahs in the world.

Randy Caparoso writes about Lodi’s oldest, most historic Zinfandel planting.

Amber Lebeau profiles the Leflaive family of Puligny-Montrachet, one of Burgundy’s legendary wine families.

Ron Washam, The Hosemaster of Wine, sends up the ethical posing endemic in the wine industry.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Jamie Goode is still eating and drinking well in New York, part 3.

Wine Travel Eats visits Temecula Valley, a lesser known California region East of L.A.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode reviews the Thillardon Chassignol Chénas 2014 Beaujolais, France

Larry the Wine Guy profiles Boedecker Cellars producers of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and reviews the 2014 Boedecker Athena Pinot Noir