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

old vinesThe Wine Gourd has an interesting post about the longevity of wine blogs and frequency of posting.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, admires the steadfastness and tenacity of old wines and old vines.

If you are worried about the 2014 Barolo vintage, don’t be, writes Tom Hyland.

Tom Wark reports on several soon-to-be-released wine books.

Deborah Parker Wong ponders the color gradations of Rosé and what they mean.

Jameson Fink’s What We’re Tasting Podcast takes a look at Central Coast Syrah.

Jeremy Parzen reports on a new trend for Lambrusco, using the ancestral method of making sparkling wine, adding sugar at bottling to produce a second fermentation.

Pam Strayer reports on the good performance of organic wines at the Napa Live Auction.

James Melendez takes a deep dive into the merits and demerits of the Champagne flute.

Cellar Tours has a run down of the best cuisine near Italy’s Lake Como and Lake Garda.

Vino-Sphere keeps you up to date on the latest wine, food, and travel news.

Selected Reviews:

Jamie Goode approves of Britain’s first amphora wine, the Westwell Naughty Hare Amphora Ortega 2016 England

Tom Lee’s Zinfandel of the month is the 2015 Once & Future Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard, a Joel Peterson project.

Lisa Johnston reviews Pikes ‘Traditionale’ 2016 Riesling from Australia’s Clare Valley.

Tim Lemke reviews the Geil Scheurebe Kabinett Bechtheimer. Scheurebe is one of Germany’s lesser known varietals.

Dallas Wine Chick profiles Christopher Creek and Foppoli Wines both from the Foppoli family of Russian River Valley.

Pull that Cork profiles Santa Barbara’s Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards.

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