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

aaaaaGood Vitis takes a deep dive in the “black magic” of winemaking—tannins.

Jamie Goode assesses the current status of English wine.

Seth Buckley has part 2 of his pizza and wine pairing tour, this time visiting Central Italy.

Lisa Zimmerman reports on continued concerns about smoke taint in wines affected by last fall’s wildfires.

The Swirling Dervish profiles Amy Bess Cook, the force behind the organization Women Owned Wineries.

Sarah Cummings at Social Vignerons keeps us up to date on the latest research about whether wine helps you sleep.

The Wine Curmudgeon has the good news on U.S regional wines.

Selected Reviews:

Allison Levine reviews the Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard Hop On Hopped White Wine with Natural Flavors, a Sauvignon Blanc made with hops.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Mionetto Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

Around the World in 80 Harvests profiles the Grandes Pagos de España, an association of prestigious single vineyard wines.

Pull That Cork celebrates #WorldMalbecDay by tasting Hess Family, Artezin, MacPhail, and Colomé.

Cindy Rynning also celebrates #WorldMalbecDay by tasting Domaine Bousquet, Amalaya, and Colomé.

Vino-Sphere reviews and old standby, the Clos Du Bois 2008 Marlstone, Alexander Valley.

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