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

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Valtellina, Italy

The Wine Gourd has done some interesting data analysis comparing countries that are net exporters of wine vs. countries that are net importers. There are surprises in the data.

John Thorsen delivers a much deserved thrashing of the three-tier wine distribution system.

James Lawrence reports on attempts to revive the fortunes of Pinotage in South Africa.

Wine Publicist Tom Wark gives advice about writing effective story pitches.

foodwineclick profiles Valtellina, a lesser known Italian region producing Nebbiolo, focusing on the wines of Giorgio Gianatti.

Helen Conway at Around the World in 80 Harvests reports on the explosion of interest in Carignan in Chile.

Alfonso Cevola On the Wine Trail in Italy wonders why many fine Italian restaurants in the U.S. do not include premium Prosecco on their wine lists.

Pam Strayer reports from  Millesime-Bio the organic wine symposium held recently in Montpelier, France.

Dr. Christian Schiller profiles Stuart Pigott and his annual list of Germany’s top 100 wines.

The Drunken Cyclist continues his recounting of his trip to Alentejo, Portugal with a profile of Dona Maria.

Jamie Goode surveys the best wines of 2017 according to his Instagram “likes”.

Selected Reviews:

Karen McNeil reviews several white Bordeaux at the Union des Grand Crus Bordeaux tasting in San Francisco.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Dashe Cellars Les Enfants Terribles Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel 2016, from a new AVA, Eagle Peak, in Mendocino County.

Susannah Gold reviews the 2016 Montgras Pinot Noir Reserva from Valle de Leyda, Chile.

Cyndi Rynning profiles Scheid Family Vineyards’ District 7 wines from Monterey

Simon Woolf reviews an orange wine, the Coenobium Ruscum 2016,   made by the cistercian order of nuns at Monastero Suore Cistercensi, near Vitorchiano in Lazio.

Alison Levine reviews Sojourn Cellars 2016 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.

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