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

alcohol on brainVincent Rendoni at Wine Folly summarizes the research on alcohol and its effects on the brain.

Blake Gray provides a comprehensive overview of the new quality level of Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione .

Craig Camp of Troon Vineyards is enthusiastic about his electromagnetic soil scanner that will map the soil types in his vineyards.

Jo Diaz reports that rock musician Jon Bon Jovi has launched a rosé wine brand in collaboration with négociant Gerard Bertand.

The Drunken Cyclist spends a few days exploring the great city of Lisbon.

Dave Nershi explores research on whether competition medals impact wine prices.

Elizabeths Vines visits Chateau Quntus, a relatively new venture in St. Emilion owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon.

Selected Reviews:

Jamie Goode tastes a vertical of Château Pichon Baron, a second growth from Pauillac.

Fredic Koeppel is impressed with the relatively inexpensive Lucinda & Millie Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Brumont La Gascogne,  a Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng blend from the French region of Gascony.

Sarah Ahmed takes an in-depth look at Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.

Susannah Gold profiles Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir.

Cyndi Rynning tastes two from Smith-Madrone, their 2015 Chardonnay and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

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