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

white grapesMW Christy Canterbury has a fascinating discussion of the parallels between opera and wine, and their differences.

The Academic Wino describes a study comparing de-alcoholization vs. early harvest

Craig Camp of Oregon’s Troon Vineyard thinks wine is as seasonal as food.

Tom Wark promotes a new website devoted to information about Measure C, the initiative on the June ballot seeking to limit growth in Napa.

The Wine Curmudgeon takes a tentative interest in homemade apple wine.

James Melendez provides 5 tips for breaking fewer wine glasses.

Allison Levine looks at the present and future of Dry Creek Valley’s Ferrari-Carano.

Wine-To-Five podcast chats with Clark & Bonny Lystra of Betty Ann Vineyards in Sonoma.

 

Winery Visits and Wine Travel Posts:

The Gourmez tastes along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road.

 

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jameson Fink finds his new best $15 Pinot Noir, the Les Deux Moulins Pinot Noir (2016) from Loire Valley.

1 Wine Dude tastes older vintages of Barbera from the region of Nizza in Monferatto.

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Halter Ranch Vineyard Grenache Blanc 2015, from Paso Robles

Jeff Leve, the Wine Cellar Insider, provides tasting notes for the 2017 Bordeaux Value Wines, Petit Chateau.

John Fodera reviews the 2015 Val delle Rose Ciliegiolo from Maremma. Ciliegiolo is a little known grape likely related to Sangiovese.

Jo Diaz reviews the 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns Rosé Domaine Ferraton Père & Fils

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