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

Tom Wark provides more reasons to think marijuana sales will impact wine sales.

He also charges natural wine proponents with hypocrisy for advocating strict labeling requirements for conventional wines.

Jamie Goode has more on the controversy over Australia’s use of the word “Prosecco” on their labels.

The Wine Curmudgeon does not expect a new law ending the state liquor store monopoly in Texas will have much effect on wine selection.

Levi Dalton interviews Lee Hudson,  owner of Hudson Ranch and Vineyards, in Carneros.

Susannah Gold has 10 tips for visiting Vinitaly, the Italian wine trade show that opens this week.

The Wine-to-Five podcast this week includes an interview with Eric V. Orange, creator of localwineevents.com.

The Wine Daily reports that 50 Cent is launching his own brand of luxury Champagne.

The Drunken Cyclist visits with the Champagne producer Bruno Paillard while reminiscing about high school French class.

Selected Reviews:

Strong Coffee to Red Wine reviews the 2014 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon.

Jameson Fink reviews three Pét-Nat wines, two from Italy and one from Vermont.

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