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

weird wine glassTom Wark announces that the Vinous fellowship for aspiring wine writers has returned, and Linfield College in McMinnville has created a degree program in Wine Studies.

Tom Jarvis wonders if there is an explanation for why he has bad “wine days” when nothing tastes good.

W. Blake Gray profiles the rare varietal Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Allison Levine discusses the history of Zinfandel with Dr. Carole Meredith, a grapevine geneticist and proprietor of Napa’s Lagier Meredith.

Amber Lebeau advises caution when buying a “birth year” wine.

Odd Ball Grape tests the hypothesis that variety-specific glasses make a difference in the flavor of the wine.

This week’s Wine-to-Five Podcast discusses Arizona wine.

A Must Read profiles Bordeaux’s esteemed Château Cos d’Estournel including their marketing strategies.

Pam Strayer reports that Waitrose, the UK supermarket is selling 57% more organic wine this year.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Aaron Menenberg reports on the best wines in Virginia’s Monticello AVA, part 1.

Jamie Goode visits Peller Estates in Niagara, Canada.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Coltibuono Selezione “RS” Chianti Classico 2015

The Wine Curmudgeon finds several good wines for under $10 at an Italian grocery.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2014 Painted Passage GSM from Sonoma.

Aaron Nix Gomez reviews the 2015 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, from Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills

The Drunken Cyclist reviews several rosés from Terlato’s portfolio.

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