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

barrel-52934__340W. Blake Gray profiles the Israeli winery Recanati and their revitalization of two ancient grape varieties–Marawi and Bittuni.

Jamie Goode visits with Yvon Métras, a pioneer of natural wine in Beaujolais.

Vine Art has a thoughtful post on the recent study that suggests drinking wine will shorten your life.

Levi Dalton interviews Portuguese Winemaker António Maçanita

This week’s Wine to Five podcast is about bourbon and bubbles.

Bob on Sonoma has some good advice if you’re planning to visit Sonoma.

Selected Reviews:

1 Wine Dude reports on the wine for his kid’s birthday party the 2008 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling from Finger Lakes.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s wine of the week is the Le Charmel Pinot Noir from Languedoc.

Jameson Fink reviews Murgo Brut Rosé (2015), a sparkling wine from Sicily made from Nerello Mascalese.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the Cameron Hughes Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 613

Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews the 2015 Lionel Faury, Saint Joseph, a Kermit Lynch import.

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