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

portland_valley_wineriesW. Blake Gray argues that some California growers are beginning to plant varietals best suited to hot weather.

Jamie Goode reports on the controversy over Australians using the name Prosecco.

Hawk Wakawaka assesses the 2017 vintage in Willamette Valley.

Bob On Sonoma reports on tasting fees in Napa and Sonoma and identifies a few wineries that still offer free tastings.

Tamara Belgard explains the use of carbonic maceration in many Willamette Valley wines.

The Wine Daily surveys 10 unique Air BnB experiences for wine lovers.

Austin Beeman has posted part 3 of his interview with Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars in Sonoma.

Sussanah Gold’s indigenous italian varietal for this week is Piemonte’s Nascetta Bianco.

Michelle Williams interviews Markus Niggli of Markus Wine Company in Lodi.

The Wine Dr. reports from the halfway point, tasting through the barrel samples at Bordeaux’s Reprimandeur week.

 

Selected Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel is enthusiastic about pairing pizza with this Rhone-style blend from Barossa Valley, the Hewitson Miss Harry “Harriet’s Blend” 2015.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Little James Basket Press white, offering value and terroir for $10.

1 Wine Dude profiles Azienda Agraria Perticaia, producers of Montefalco Sagrantino

Susannah Gold reviews the  Disznókō Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, a luscious Hungarian dessert wine.

Jameson Fink reviews the very affordable Cave des Vignerons de Saumur Red and Rosé Cabernet Franc.

Vino-Sphere reviews the Dry Creek Vineyard 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, a new generation of Sauvignon Blanc.

Cindy Rynning reviews several wines from Mt. Beautiful Winery in North Canterbury, New Zealand.

The Drunken Cyclist reviews several wines from Fields Family Winery in Lodi.

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