A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:
Tim Atkin (MW) reports on how the Trump tariffs will negatively affect California wine sales to China and extols the benefits of globalization for the wine world.
Jamie Goode spends the weekend in Beaujolais for the Bien Boire en Beaujolais, where grower/winemakers show their wares.
Pam Strayer at Organic Wines Uncorked reports on a French study that shows consumers can taste pesticides in wine.
The Wine Curmudgeon provides a much-deserved send up of back label wine descriptions.
Tom Wark describes the stupendously ridiculous liquor laws in Arizona that make it illegal to place an online order between 2:00 and 6:00 A.M.
Tom also compares the distribution systems of wine and cannabis in California.
Bob on Sonoma compares the employment figures in the U.S. for wine and beer.
Eric Annino at The Terroirist reviews James Conaway’s book Napa at Last Light.
Susannah Gold reports on day 2 of Vinitaly, with a focus on sparkling wine.
Winemaker Christina at Threads and Vino explains why she’s making South African Shiraz this year.
Food Wine Click profiles Castelli Vineyards, who grow Nebbiolo in Green Valley, Sonoma.
The Intrepid Wino reviews the d’Arenberg ‘The Laughing Magpie’ Shiraz Viognier 2013
The Swirling Dervish tastes several Malbecs in celebration of #MalbecWorldDay accompanied by intriguing food pairings.
John Fodera robs the cellar for this 2004 Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva.
Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews a trio of affordable wines from Vacqueyras.