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

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wineOrl reviews and assesses Peter Liem’s proposals for revising our understanding of Champagne terroir in Liem’s book Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region.

Jamie Goode discusses the recent trend away from the use of small barriques for aging wine at VinePair.

Blake Gray explains the implications of the new tax law for people who prefer low alcohol wines.

Mathew Gaughan reviews the very fine Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria 2013, a sweet wine from Sicily.

Julien Miquel reviews the 2009 Chateau Haut Condissas Prestige Medoc, an affordable wine from Bordeaux and a good vintage.

The Drunken Cyclist visits Mailly Grand Cru and extolls the virtues of this Champagne Co-op.

Jo Diaz reviews Concha y Toro’s 2016 Terrunyo Savignon Blanc paired with a Chicken Tika Masala.

Jamie Goode visits Fromm, the single vineyard pioneer in Marlborough, New Zealand

The Wine Curmudgeon chooses Banfi’s Centine Bianco as his affordable wine of the week.

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