A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
Michelle Williams profiles Cline Family Cellars of Sonoma and their unique “beyond sustainable” farming methods.
Amanda Barnes has a comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s Waipara Region.
Tom Wark profiles a new blog, The Irish Liquor Lawyer, that has information about three-tier and other legal matters pertaining to alcohol.
The Wine Curmudgeon covers customer service in wineries, more three tier shenanigans, and the demise of a Texas wine panel.
Foxress points to a phenomenon we’ve all experienced; mistaking Malbec for something else in a blind tasting.
Foxress also points out that when it comes to Bordeaux or rosés, it can’t be the labels people are attracted to.
Selected Wine Reviews:
Jamie Goode samples new releases from Tenuta di Trinoro, one of Tuscany’s leading wine estates
Fredric Koeppel reviews the Pazo Cilleiro Albariño 2017, Rias Baixas.
Reverse Wine Snob is wowed by the 2016 Colterenzio Shreckbichl Gewurztraminer
Tom Lee reviews 2000 Clos du Marquis from Saint Julien, Bordeaux.
Amber Lebeau reviews the 2012 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Allison Levine profiles Roero, one of Piemonte’s lesser known regions and samples from several producers.
Pull That Cork features Spanish Tempranillo, the 2013 Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva, Rioja and several from Matsu in the Toro DO.
Good Vitis reviews Palacious Corullón, a Mencia from Bierzo.
Vine Art profiles Domaine Marion Pla, a small producer from AOC Saint-Chinian in Languedoc.