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

chateau haut brionElizabethsVines visits the iconic Chateau Haut-Brion of Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux. Many of us are jealous.

The Drunken Cyclist continues his tour of Sicily with a visit to Pietrodolce.

Do Bianci makes a compelling case for pairing Texas barbecue with Lambrusco.

Austin Beeman tastes through several Bordeaux from 2015 and has some general remarks about that vintage.

Jamie Goode reports on his visit to New Zealand’s South Island.

Bob on Sonoma has some thoughts on recent data about wine sales.

Selected Reviews

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the affordable El Coto Rioja Crianza 2015.

I Like This Grape reviews the Moor-Barrio Malbec from Mendoza’s Uco Valley paired with Argentinean rock music from the late 80’s.

Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews the 2015 Domaine Les 4 Vents, Les Pitchounettes Rouge, Crozes-Hermitage.

Michelle Williams profiles Amarone and reviews the 2012 Monte Zovo paired with a song from the incomparable Madeleine Peyroux.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Saarstein Riesling 2013, Mosel,

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