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

castle-2673085__340Blake Gray reports on the optimism about the future of the wine industry at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.

Courtney Schiessl at VinePair explains how aspiring somms can learn about wine without breaking the bank.

Seyma Bas at Dionysian Impulse argues that marketing strategies for wine are often lacking.

Michelle Williams at Rockin Red Blog has a very extensive overview of the Rhone Valley, North and South.

wineOrl studies the past and present of Merlot in Tuscany.

Bob on Sonoma writes about the growth in sparkling wine sales in the U.S.

 

Selected Wine Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2016 Illahe Estate Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley.

The Wine Curmudgeon finds good quality in a $10 wine, the CVNE Monopole Blanco 2016.

Fredric Koeppel finds the perfect match, a sausage risotto with the Two Shepherds Mourvèdre 2014, from California’s El Dorado AVA.

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