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

winery-2110737__340Jeremy Parzen discovers a trademark dispute from 1910 that gives insight into how Italian wines, especially Barbera, were marketed in the U.S.

Jameson Fink pairs steak with white wine, and the wine Gods are silent.

Natalie Sellars uses Wine Searcher’s databases to rank the critics’ picks for the world’s greatest wines.

Bob on Sonoma explains why some wines are very expensive.

Susannah Gold’s indigenous Italian varietal this week is Mostaso Biano.

Part 2 of Austin Beeman’s interview with Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars covers some of the difficulties in growing Pinot Noir.

Threads and Vino documents her recent trip to Chile.

Selected Reviews:

Julian Miquel reviews the 2016 Chateau Lamothe Castera Cuvée Margaux Red, Bordeaux, imported to the U.S. by J.P. Bourgeois.

Jamie Goode enjoyed the Granbazán Etiqueta Ámbar 2016 an Albarino from Rías Baixas, Spain

The Reverse Wine Snob is enthusiastic about Locations I from Dave Phinney, a blend of Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola and Barbera.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Domaine de Pouy 2016, an Ugni Blanc from Gascon.

Lisa Johnston reviews the John Duval Plexus blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre from Barossa Valley.

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