Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

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This is the first of a series of wine blog roundups. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Wine Camp: Craig Camp out on the west coast is always at the top of our Google reader feed. This week he ponders the nature of wine criticism in this country, asking, "Does it really matter if the wine you are enjoying so much with your dinner was ranked a few points lower than the wine being enjoyed at the next table?"

Brooklyn Guy Loves Food and Wine: Normally a Francophile and old-world devotee, Brooklyn Guy surprised us this week with a glowing review of a 1994 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Fugedaboudit, California! Brooklyn Guy is our go-to when it comes to great value in Burgundy and grower Champagne.

Vinsanity: Speaking of Napa Valley, Vinogirl is an enology student and winemaker living in Northern California wine country with husband Vinomaker and their Vinodogs. Every week she generously offers us harvest and weather reports from some of the most famous and coveted vineyards in the world, including news of spring flowering there. We also love her geeky posts on the art and science of winemaking and her scouse humor.

Alice Feiring: We just can't imagine a world without Alice and her wonderful blog chronicling her life as a champion of Natural wine and her rent-control five-story walkup in SoHo (including the most famous toilet in Manhattan). We loved her groovy coverage of the London Natural wine fair this week. Thank goodness for Alice Feiring.

On the Wine Trail in Italy: Back here in Texas, Alfonso Cevola (the "Italian wine guy," based in Dallas) seems to have traveled back in time to 1971 in Palermo, Sicily. We're not really sure where he's leading us, but man, we're having fun getting there. His vintage photographs of Sicily alone are worth the price of admission.

Vintage Texas: Premier Texas wine blogger Russ Kane had "meatballs on the brain" when he tasted BarZ 2004 Newsom Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from the Texas High Plains AVA. "I couldn't have picked a better wine for pairing with my aromatic meatball-mania," writes Russ, the foremost expert on Texan wine in Texas (ergo the world). He's based in Houston, but you're more likely to find him in the Panhandle or Hill Country seeking out the finest wines in the Lone Star State.

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