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

Karen MacNeil takes restaurants to task for substituting Prosecco for Champagne

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, has a personal history with Trebbiano Abruzzese

Matt Walls discusses classification systems and how they are changing (or not) as wine styles change.

Pam Strayer has part 2 of the dark side of Sonoma’s sustainability movement.

The Wine Gourd investigates how many Australian wineries have survived several generations as family businesses.

Amanda Barnes, Around the World in 80 Harvests, profiles Leon Coetzee of South Africa’s  The Fledge and Co.

Jeremy Parzen has images from his trip to California for the Slow Wine Guide.

Amber Lebeau discusses the explosion in the number of people sitting for the Court’s Master Somm exam.

wineORL has an introduction to the best climats in Hermitage.

My Wine Tribe asks what makes a great wine tasting experience.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

The Drunken Cyclist is in Day 7 of the 10 worst days of his life in Beaujolais.

Alice Feiring visits the Northern Rhone and beyond.

Amanda Barnes, Around the World in 80 Harvests, visits Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, NZ.

Talk A Vino visits Galer Estate Winery in Eastern Pennsylvania,.

Pull that Cork has Part 2 of their visit to Willcox, Arizona.

Dallas Wine Chick visits Terralsole Winery in Brunello di Montalcino.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Meg Houston Maker reviews the 2014 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Tom Lee reviews the 2007 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine, and the 2015 Steele Zinfandel Pacini Vineyard from Lake County

The Wine Daily evaluates Trader Joe’s branded wines.

Amber Lebeau reviews the 2013 Ridge Lytton Springs from Sonoma County.

Tim Lemke reviews the Feravino, Dika, Graševina (Welschriesling) from Croatia.

Cindy Rynning investigates wines from Crete paired with Shrimp, Feta, and Tomatoes.

The Swirling Dervish pairs 2014 Mercouri Estate Foloi, a Greek wine made from the Roditis grape, with grilled swordfish.

Red Wine Please reviews several wines from Peter Zimmer of Alto Adige.

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