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

uva-3046341__340Celia Bryan-Brown argues that the analytic tasting model is ineffective at selling wines and advocates a more personal approach for social media.

Tim Gaiser analyses the soft skills needed to be an effective sommelier.

Jamie Goode lets us in on the wines he buys when he’s purchasing for personal consumption.

Jamie Goode also has a video summary of his visit to Nagano, Japan.

Becca Yeamans-Irwin discusses Kosher viticulture and winemaking for Passover.

Hawk WakaWaka documents two days spent tasting wine in the German countryside.

The Wine Curmudgeon tries his hand at the hermeneutics of silly wine descriptions.

Talk-A-Vino shares a paean to the beauty of aged wine.

Joe Becerra tracks tasting room fees in Napa and has data on how much it costs to taste in 2018.

Jameson Fink talks wine labels with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon.

Pam Strayer at Organic Wines Uncorked reports on the latest in lawsuits brought against Monsato for the cancer risk of exposure to glysophate.

Selected Reviews:

JVB Uncorked recommends several Israeli wines for Passover.

Michelle Williams at Rockin’ Red Blog profiles Grenache/Garnacha and recommends several.

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