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

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Wine stats guru David Morrison wonders whether wine scores are correlated with wine prices.

Natalie Sellers at the Wine Searcher explains how they arrive at their aggregated scores.

Tom Wark accuses the proponents of Napa’s Measure C initiative of being crooks, and he has pictures.

Cool Climate Wine has a really insightful post about the future of wine marketing.

Reverse Wine Snob asks Pietro Russo of Sicily’s Donnafugata to explain how volcanic soils influence wine.

Bob on Sonoma lists the Sonoma wines he considers to be cult wines.

Crushed Grape Chronicles has comprehensive links to a recent conversation about Picpoul.

James the Wine Guy explains why the QR code on wine bottles never became a popular way of accessing data.

Allison Levine reviews the film Back to Burgundy.

Dallas Wine Chick reports on her conversation with Gaia Gaja of Piemonte’s famed Gaja Winery.

Selected Reviews:

Jamie Goode profiles Quinta do Montalto, a Lisbon producer experimenting with amphorae.

Jamie also digs into the cellar to sample this Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007.

Fredric Koeppel enjoys the simple pleasures of the quaffable La Fiera Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016

The Wine Curmudgeon is disappointed in the latest vintage of the Spanish wine Vina Fuerte.

Isaac Baker at Terroirist reviews several new releases from Oregon.

JvB Uncorked reviews the 2016 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc.

Pull That Cork visits Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi and reports on the new tasting experience.

Red Wine Please reviews four premium Malbecs from Concha y Toro and Trevento.

Aaron Nix Gomez compares Spanish Tempranillo, a 2015 Alfredo Maestro, Almate, Ribera del Duero and the 2010 Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Reserva.

Jo Diaz reviews the 2015 Limerick Lane Obsidian Block from Russian River.

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