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

moldova-mapBlake Gray encourages us to drink the wines of Moldova.

Elaine Chukan Brown (AKA Hawk Wakawaka) documents her two week trip to New Zealand.

Do Bianchi discovers a source for identifying counterfeit wines.

Ron Washam tells the truth about wine competitions.

Lodi Wine interviews Mike McCay of McCay Cellars about what makes Lodi Zinfandel distinctive.

John Fodera profiles Emidio Pepe the iconic producer of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Lisa Zimmerman chronicles the latest controversy over wine labeling. How should wineries using fruit from out of their region label their wines?

Selected Reviews:

The Wine Curmudgeon reviews a more costly wine, Angwin Estate’s The Kissing Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

binNotes reviews the Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Sarah Ahmed reviews two from Portugal’s Douro region, the Dona Berta Reserva Branco Rabigato 2016 & Tinto Reserva 2013

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