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

prosecco vineyardsAlfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, explores what makes Prosecco, Prosecco.

Tim Glaiser has advice on how to prepare for the Master Sommelier tasting exam.

Jamie Goode attends an after vintage hangi, a traditional Maori feast, at Folium Vineyard in New Zealand.

Wine stats guru David Morrison shows that in Western Europe grape yields are strongly related to latitude.

Alder Yarrow promotes the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival on May 19 as one that is really worth attending.

Cellar Tours selects their top 10 producers of Brunello di Montalcino.

wineORL explores the top Premier Crus sites in Champagne’s Montagne de Reims.

Selected Reviews:

Jeff Leve, The Cellar Insider reviews the best of the 2017 vintage from Margaux and Pessac—Leognan.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Fields Family Wines Delu Vineyard Vermentino 2016 from Lodi’s Alta Mesa AVA. He also reviews an eclectic list of 14 reds with no Cab, Merlot, nor Pinot.

Jamie Goode reviews the new rosé  releases from innovative new negociant Mirabeau.

Cool Climate Wines tastes a 6 year vertical of Paso Robles’ L’Aventure.

Rockin’ Red Blog profiles Gamble Family Vineyards of Oakville, producers of Sauvignon Blanc and red Bordeaux-varietals.

The Drunken Cyclist reports on a short visit to Louis Jadot in Beaune,

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the Eden Trail Eden Valley Riesling from South Australia.

Tim Lemke reviews Nik Wies’ Urban Riesling.

Jeremy Parzen at Do Bianchi enjoys the Fiano by Capolino Perlingieri.

Talk-A-Vino explores several value wines sold at Trader Joe’s.

Red Wine Please reviews the unusual 2013 Colliano Sauvignonasse from Slovenia.

My Wine Pal reviews several wines from Okanagan Valley’s Road 13.

Cindy Rynning visits Domaine Filliatreau in Saumur-Champigny and Pierre & Bertrand Couly in Chinon.

The Swirling Dervish explores the little-known varietal Marselan on World Marselan Day.

wineORL reviews the inaugural vintage of the Benanti (Viagrande, Mt. Etna) 2017 Etna Rosato.

Dallas Wine Chick discovers the diversity of Lodi.

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