Ningxia, China

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

Lisa Zimmerman covers the distributor’s perspective on the three tier system with an interview of Dawson Hobbs WSWA’s senior Vice President.

The Wine Curmudgeon reports the 5 things he noticed about Texas wine on an Amarillo road trip.

Jeremy Parzen ponders why we find meaning in drinking a wine older than we are.

L.M. Archer breaks the news that the Coppola family has purchased Vista Hills winery in Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley Oregon.

Randy Caporoso gives us the nitty-gritty on Lodi’s seven AVA’s.

Miquel Hudin reports on the rediscovery of the Spanish grape Mandó.

Food Wine Click participates in the Riedel wine glass seminar.

Cindy Rynning reviews a line of watches with the bands dyed with wine.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Matt Walls visits the Ningxia region of China.

Jamie Goode visits Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes.

Tom Plant takes a cooking class from The Wine Artist in New Orleans.

Wine Travel Eats visits downtown Walla Walla.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva.

Good Vitis reviews a gewürztraminer, langerin and schiava from Alto Ridge-Südtirol in Northern Italy.

Talk A Vino reviews a red and white blend from Farmhouse Wines produced by Cline Cellars and sold as natural wine.

Lushious Lushes reviews three wines from Hacienda de Arinzano, Spanish wine sold under the Vinos de Pago classification.