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

The Wine Curmudgeon has a great post about the flaws in the recent study of the harmful effects of alcohol.

Alfonso Cevola has a personal history with Arneis, the white grape of Piemonte.

Master Somm Tim Gaiser has a comprehensive defense of wine expertise.

Stéphane Beauroy has a fascinating article on evidence for the quality of Chateau Haut Brion in the 17th Century.

Tom Lee argues that recent changes at Kosta Brown have not produced a significantly different style of wine.

The Wine Gourd explains why point scores lack mathematical precision.

Tom Barras has some advice on how wine scores should be used.

Bob on Sonoma reports on the continued growth of Cabernet Sauvignon plantings.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Dallas Wine Chick visits Cantina del Vesuvio during her visit to Lacryma Christi DOC in Southern Italy.

Amanda Barnes visits Anthonij Rupurt in Franschhoek Stellenbosch South Africa

Wine Travel Eats is enthusiastic about a bike tour of wineries near Healdsburg in Sonoma.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode reviews Greystone Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2016 Waipara Valley, New Zealand

Fredric Koeppel reviews Bouza Albariño 2016, from Uruguay’s Montevideo region

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2017 Domaine Bousquet Malbec from Mendoza.

The Drunken Cyclist tastes a current lineup from Rodney Strong.

Martin Redmond reviews 2017 Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns

Amber Lebeau reviews the 2013 Tuli Pinot Noir from Sonoma and the 2008 Stony Hill Chardonnay from Napa.

The Swirling Dervish features red wine from Italy’s Südtirol/Alto Adige

Wayward Wine reviews a Gamay Noir from 40 Knots Winery on Vancouver Island.

Food Wine Click announces it’s Barolo season with a review of the Michele Chiarlo Barolo Toroniano DOCG 2012

Talk A Vino profiles Paso Robles and tastes a variety of wines from that Central Coast region of California.

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