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

pexels-photo-360013The Wine Gourd looks at the numbers behind the rise and fall and rise of Australian wine.

James Lawrence reports on the continued popularity of sweeter style wines.

The Wine Curmudgeon identifies three quality, cheap wines that consumers can’t buy because of three-tier.

Craig Camp of Troon Vineyards keeps us up to date on their conversion to bio-dynamics.

James the Wine Guy surveys the top 50 under-recognized wine regions in the world.

Cyndi Rynning reviews the recently released film Back to Burgundy.

Dallas Wine Chick documents her return visit to Santa Barbara.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in italy, is looking forward to Vinitaly, Italy’s massive trade show which is just around the corner.

Allison Levine celebrates Earth Month by celebrating the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

Threads and Vino begins her winemaking bootcamp with some South African Pinotage grapes.

The Swirling Dervish and Food Wine Click both find food and wine pairing magic with Verdicchio.

Selected Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews Brooks Sparkling Riesling from Willamette Valley.

Jamie Goode reviews the Raventós i Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc de Negres 2013, a Cava with atypical labeling.

Jamie Goode also gets an advanced look at the soon to be released, La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Selección Especial 2005 , a benchmark Rioja.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Cenyth Wines Rosé of Cabernet Franc 2017, Sonoma County.

JVB Uncorked reviews a Bourboulenc and a Clairette Blanche from Acquiesce Winery in Lodi.

Matthew Gaughan reviews La Barroche “Liberty” Vin de France 2015 and explains how changes in French appellation laws have given winemakers more flexibility.

Julien Miguel reviews the widely available Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay 2016 from Chile.

Red Wine Please reviews Domaine Bousquet’s lineup of sparking wine from Argentina.

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