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

canned wneThe Wine Curmudgeon has some thoughts on canned wine.

Pam Strayer interviews wine business Professor Liz Thach (MW) about eco-certified wines.

Julien Miquel profiles production methods of Pauillac producer Chateau Pédesclaux?

and if you like wine and food-themed detective novels Julien reviews several from publisher Le French Book translated into English.

Lisa Zimmerman reports on the rivers of cash wholesalers send to politicians to keep three-tier in place.

Crushed Grape Chronicles reports on their extensive visit to Balletto Vineyards in Russian River.

Wine-to-Five podcast is talking Tannat this week.

We have the second batch of favorite wines of 2017 according to Jamie Goode’s Instagram metics.

 

Selected Wine Reviews:

foodwineclick dives into the ins and outs of port and reviews an affordable Cockburn’s Special Reserve

Cool Climate Wine tastes a St. Supery Cabernet Franc which has taken over a decade to finally come into balance.

The Drunken Cyclist tastes several sparkling wines suitable for Valentine’s Day romancin’.

Tom Lee’s Zinfandel of the month is the 2015 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County.

Quentin Sadler’s love for Rioja extends to the Cune 2011 Gran Reserva.

The Wine Daily reports that Guarachi Wine Partners is launching a wine called Bacon, apparently an attempt to pander to bacon lovers.

And for those braving some deep winter chill this weekend, this grilled cauliflower soup from Wine, Travel, Eats looks awfully good.caulflower soup

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