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grapes-1952035__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Deborah Parker Wong argues that cork is often blamed for off-aromas that have a different source.

Lisa Zimmerman reports on the continuing conflicts between the wine industry and some local residents in Sonoma.

The Wine Curmudgeon lists 5 wine story themes you should never read because they’re uninformative.

Alan Goldfarb reports on the expansion of the wine writer’s collection at the University of California, Davis Library and addresses the cultural role of the wine writer.

The Wine Daily curates the top 5 wine clubs with real expertise behind their selections.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the NV Bouvet Signature Crémant de Loire Brut

Fredric Koeppel reviews the line up from Day Wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

1 Wine Dude profiles Cellar Masroig from Spain’s Monsant region.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2016 Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc

Pull That Cork reviews the  2015 Carlania Celler El Petit Carlania Trepat, a little known grape from Catalunya.

Talk A Vino profiles the affordable, accessible wines of Côtes de Bordeaux.

Pam Strayer profiles organic  Napa producer Oakville Ranch.

Aaron Nix Gomez tastes several back vintages from Rioja producer López de Heredia

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