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

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Vineyards in Madeira

Aaron Nix-Gomez discovers tasting notes for various Madeira from the 1882 Bordeaux Wine Exhibition.

Brian Tippy at I Like This Grape weighs in on the trend to age wine in Bourbon barrels.

Bob on Sonoma explains the differences between Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable and Natural Wine.

Blake Gray summarizes Silicon Valley Bank‘s annual State of the Wine Industry Report, which includes some warnings about headwinds for the wine industry.

The Drunken Cyclist explores Catania, Sicily in pictures.

Selected Reviews:

John Fodera continues his report on 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.

Fredric Koeppel reviews a white wine from Portugal,  Olho de Mocho Reserva 2014, made from a grape little known in the U.S.– antão vaz.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s Wine of the Week is the Terre del Föhn Marzemino that sells for $12.

They grow something besides Pinot in Central Otago. Mathew Gaughan reviews the Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling.

Susannah Gold tastes the 2006 Cheval Blanc and we live vicariously.