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

autumn-3199749_960_720Winemaker Craig Camp shares his thoughts on the importance of site selection and choice of varietal and shares an initial soil analysis of his Troon Vineyard.

Wine data guru The Wine Gourd compares wine scoring by Suckling and Laube on the same group of wines assessing degree of agreement.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, tells the story of an immigrant vineyard worker Trenna who was saved by the vines.

Bob on Sonoma shares the latest report on what we know about fire damage from last fall’s fires.

The Wine Curmudgeon thinks the soon to be released Apothic blend of coffee and wine is a harbinger of doom for the wine industry.

Jameson Fink shares his strategy for dealing with a long and confusing wine list at a restaurant.

Food Wine Click features Saint Émilion’s  Château Fonroque a biodynamic producer in the challenging climate of Bordeaux.

Julien Miquel has recommendations for what wine to serve with Lasagna.

Jamie Goode profiles another Japanese producer, Manns Wines Komoro Winery, owned by the soy sauce company Kikkoman.

Levi Dalton interviews Will Predhomme of Pearce Predhomme Wines

Selected Reviews:

Matthew Gaughan talks Albariño and reviews Carboniste Sparkling Albariño 2017 from Lodi grapes.

Red Wine Please finds good value in the 2014 Chateau Pierre, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru.

Tim Lemke reviews the 2014 Garagista from Jonathan Maltus, a Bordeaux producer funded by Naked Wines.

Fredric Koeppel recommends Domaine Boyar Traminer 2016 a Gewurztraminer from Bulgaria.

Vino-sphere reviews the Don Pascual 2010 Tannat from Juanicó, Uruguay.

Jo Diaz reviews the Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée Superior 2013 from Croatia.

Issac Baker profiles Maidenstoen, a producer of single vineyard Central Coast Riesling

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