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city-3176743__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Margaret Rand tells the story of Place de Bordeaux, the négociants of Bordeaux who have a remarkably successful business model.

EnoBytes takes an in  depth look at Cabernet Franc.

The Wine Curmudgeon covers wine judging, marijuana vs. wine, and a puzzle about organic wine.

Frankly Wines has a survey of the various blends that exist in Alsace, a region typically known for single varietal wines.

Susannah Gold’s indigenous Italian varietal this week is Nebbiera Nera, a cross of Nebbiolo and Barbera found in Piemonte.

Around the World in 80 Harvests interviews winemaker Mauro Von Siebenthal of Viña Von Siebenthal of Chile’s Aconcagua Valley.

Selected Reviews:

Jamie Goode is impressed with the sparkling wines from UK’s Rathfinny winery.

The Swirling Dervish profiles Breathless Wines specializing in sparkling wine from  Sonoma grapes.

Allison Levine profiles the wines of Monte Xanic from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe.

Cindy Rynning reviews several wines from Aridus Wine Company, an Arizona producer with vineyards near Willcox.

My Wine Pals surveys 15 wines from Okanagan Falls, Canada.

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