Wine Blog Daily Friday 10/5/18

native yeast fermentA daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Vicki Denig makes the case for using native yeasts.

W. Blake Gray wonders whether a recent cancellation of a big grape contract is because of smoke taint or revenge.

Hawk Wakawaka reminds us of the start of the fires exactly one year ago in Napa/Sonoma.

Wine to Five’s podcast this week addresses wine and health with Dr. Matilde Parente, MD, CSW.

Jamie Goode has photos from the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards dinner.

Pam Strayer takes Jancis Robinson to task for several alleged inaccuracies regarding biodynamic wine.

Allison Levine reports that the official sparkling wine for the Emmys this year was from Italy—the Ferrari Trento Brut DOC.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Jamie Goode visits Zarate, makers of fine Albariño in Rías Baixas.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2017 Massican Annia White Wine from Napa Valley

The Wine Curmudgeon asks whether American Airlines wine is worth $9 per glass.

Jameson Fink reviews several of Paso Robles’ top wines.

Jeremy Parzen is feeling groovy about three Italian wines worth seeking out.

Cindy Rynning pairs Pedroncelli’s Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon with a slow cooked beef stew.

Tom Lee’s Zinfandel of the month is the 2016 Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel

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