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

Tom Wark is not happy with conjunctive label laws that require Sub AVA’s to put the larger region they are part of on the label.

W. Blake Gray reports on attempts to grow grapes in an inhospitable part of Red Mountain AVA where there’s no soil or water.

The Wine Curmudgeon comments on weed and food pairings, wine clubs, and wine and health

Jameson Fink reports on a comparative tasting of Chardonnay from Australia, France, and California.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Allison Levine has advice on where to stay, eat and drink in Downtown Napa.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode tastes several Sherries of various styles.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the Monopole Rhapsody Bull’s Blood from Eger, Hungary.

Lisa Johnston reviews the Saint Cosme “Little James Basket Press” Blanc 2017 from Gigondas.

Aaron Nix Gomez reviews the 2017 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, from Minervois

Tom Lee reviews the 2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard, Russian River

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