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pexels-photo-206782A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Tom Wark argues that a wine rating is an adjective not a calculation.

1 Wine Dude weighs in on on the recent, deeply flawed study of alcohol consumption and health

Natalie Sellers reports on the comeback of New Zealand’s Gisborne as a wine region.

Pam Strayer reports that the Montinore Red Cap Pinot Noir, the most widely sold biodynamic wine in the U.S., will now include some conventionally grown grapes

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Cindy Rynning visits several wineries in Paso Robles.

Jeremy Parzen visits La Clarine Farm in the Sierra Nevada’s Fair Play AVA.

Wine Travel Eats visits Baily Vineyard in Temecula.

Selected Wine Reviews:

The Wine Curmudgeon’s Wine of the Week is the Matua Pinot Noir 2016 from Marlborough.

Aaron Nix Gomez reviews the 2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, from Saint-Joseph.

Tom Lee’s Zinfandel of the month is the Turley 2016 Juvenile.

The Armchair Sommelier reviews Castello di Amorosa’s Morning Dew Ranch bottlings of Pinot Noir and Rosato.

Vino Sphere reviews new releases from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Vineyards.

Crushed Grape Chronicles profiles Oregon’s Libertine Wines with winemaker Alex Neely.

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