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

cleaning barrelsOliver Styles writes a much needed paean to the cellar hands who do most of the work in a winery.

The Wine Curmudgeon reports on the surprising fact that we have no good data on how much wine is sold in grocery stores in the U.S.

Tom Wark gives advice to wine marketers sending out invitations to wine events.

Peter Pharos discovers the past and present of the red wines of Northeastern Greece.

A Must Read profiles Anthony Von Mandle, British Columbia’s God of the Grape.

The Wine Daily has accessories to make your wine photos stand out.

Around the World in 80 Harvests reports on the first “open source” winery, OpenVino in Lujan de Cuyo. They open their books and all winemaking and viticultural information to the public.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Kelly Magyarics at The Alcohol Professor investigates the Santa Cruz AVA.

Amy Lieberfarb reports on the wine and culinary tour at Sonoma’s Chalk Hill Estates

Pull That Cork reports from Cuba included a taste of Cuban wine.

James Melendez visits Monstsant DO in Eastern Spain.

Selected Reviews:

Jeff Leve, the Wine Cellar Insider, has 2017 tasting notes for the best of Pomerol and St. Emilion.

Jamie Goode tastes some very old Piemonte wines.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Napa Valley

Julien Miquel reviews the 2015 Château de Pommard Clos Marey-Monge Monopôle.

Aaron Nix-Gomez reviews the 2011 William Charriat, Irancy Pinot Noir and 2014 Weingut Sinss, Spatburgunder Trocken, from Nahe.

Jameson Fink reviews the 2016 Hess Collection Chardonnay.

Martin Redmond at ENOFYlZ reviews several samples from Aridus Winery in Willcox, Arizona.

My Wine Pal profiles Maison Ogier the producer of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Rockin’ Red Blog reviews Dave Phinney’s Locations, a red blend sourced from Texas, a collaboration with Lubbock winemaker Kim McPherson.

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