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

Lisa Zimmerman reports on a promising technology for eliminating tainted corks.

The Hosemaster of Wine applies his rapier wit to natural wines.

Renowned Riesling expert Stuart Pigott with Dr. Christian Schiller report on the state of German Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder)

Pam Strayer reports that Sonoma and Napa organic grape harvest declined from 2015-1016.

Bob on Sonoma reports on why many Napa and Sonoma tasting rooms are now by appointment only.

Vino Sphere has a weekly round up of wine, food and travel news.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

The Drunken Cyclist continues to pedal through France drinking only the house wine.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode profiles Rapura Winery, Marlborough New Zealand.

The Wine Curmudgeon’s expensive wine review is the Pehu Simonet Champagne Face Nord Extra Brut NV

Michelle Williams reviews Ravenswood’s lineup of single vineyard designate Zinfandel.

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2015 Limerick Lane Syrah Headpruned Block Russian River Valley

Good Vitis reviews the 2015 Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.

JVB Uncorked reviews the Scheid Vineyards Grüner Veltliner 2016, Riverview Vineyard Monterey

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