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

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Calabria

The Wine Gourd takes a deep dive into the statistical relationship between wine quality and production levels.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, touts the virtues of the wines of Calabria, a destination that even many Italians avoid.

Jamie Goode helps out with the harvest at South Africa’s Gabrielskloof winery.

Karen MacNeil interviews publicist Tom Wark about the travesty of the three tier wine distribution system and Wine Freedom, a consumer advocacy group.

The Wine Doctor has pictures of the 2017 harvest in Vouvray including the highly regarded Le Clos Vineyard.

A Must Read interviews Napa producer Faith Armstrong-Foster of Onward Wines and features her Pet Nat.

Meg Houston Maker at Terroir Review writes about some of the difficulties in reviewing young wines that lack maturity.

Ann Bousquet of Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet explains how altitude affects wine at Jon Thorsen’s Reverse Wine Snob blog.

Selected Reviews:

Austin Beeman tastes a vertical of Martinelli’s Jackass Hill Zinfandel.

Cyndi Rynning reviews several wines from Willamette Valley’s Grochau Cellars.

Fredric Koppel begins his foray into 2017 Rosé with Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvèdre.

Issac Baker at Terroirist reviews several white wines from Michigan producer Brengman Brothers.

Miquel Hudin profiles winemaker and Master of Wine Norrel Robertson, and reviews his El Escocés Volante El Puño Garnacha 2013

Tom Lee reviews the 2016 The Pines 1852 Old Vine Zinfandel.

Julien Miquel finds a lot to like including some unusual flavors in this 2014 Château de Pommard Clos Marey-Monge Monopôle, Burgundy Pinot Noir.

Tim Lemke at Cheap Wine Ratings rates highly the Domaine Bousquet, Gaia, Tupungato White Blend

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