Some favorite posts from the best wine blogs, pre-March 2011.
25 Fantastic Wine Bargains of 2010
Jan. 8, 2011 - Bigger Than Your Head
Many of these are available, though not all are easy to find out here in the middle, and most are slightly above $15. But a great list to explore from.
The Lazy Abuse of Wine Scores: A Glimpse Into One Producer’s Market Struggles (and a Glimmer of Hope)
Jan. 5, 2011 - 1 Wine Dude
Joe Roberts looks at the struggles a new winery can face entering the market when they can't land those first Parker scores.
Towards a New Chile (Part One)
Dec. 14, 2010 - Tim's Blog
An apologia of sorts with a concise, exciting overview of Chile's recent developments and potential. Be sure to see Part Two as well for recommendations, though these wines aren't easy to find.
Ethics? Ethics? We Don't Need No Stinking Ethics
August 20, 2010 - HoseMaster of Wine
If you've been reading too many wine blogs lately, read this entry next, from the wine blogger who hates wine blogs, and does it quite well.
The 10 Most Overrated Wines
Aug. 4, 2010 - The Gray Report
A fantastic and funny list from one of the world's most entertaining wine writers.
Hate Mail: Letters, I Get Letters, I Get Stacks and Stacks of Letters
June 10, 2010 - HoseMaster of Wine
A possibly fictional account of hate mail sent to the HoseMaster in recompense for his occasional snark. Pretty damn funny.
A Splurge is Cheaper Than We Think
April 23, 2010 - The Gray Report
W. Blake cites a Yellow Tail marketing survey to demonstrate how much Americans love cheap wine.
Does This Wine Make Me Look Fat?: How To Drink Wine While You’re on a Diet
Jan. 9, 2008 - 1 Wine Dude
Joe Roberts explains you can drink and diet, in moderation (the drinking part, that is).
Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Wine: My Research Findings
Oct. 30, 2007 - Dr. Vino
A must-read if you care about carbon footprints, this article has a few surprises.
Malbec, a Backup or a Star?
April 21, 2006 - Dr. Vino
As Malbec continues to surge, it's interesting to look back on this assessment from its first rush of mega popularity. The entry is worth it alone for the chart showing the timing of tastes (attack, midpalate, finish) of different red varietals, according to one winemaker.