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

Christy Canterbury has a fascinating post on the promise and problems of wine replication, i.e. reverse engineering particular wines.

W. Blake Gray describes the upcoming Supreme Court case regarding interstate shipments of wine.

Oliver Styles wants to know why some wine additives are acceptable and others are not.

Jeff Leve has the Top 200 Wines of 2016 from Chateauneuf du Pape

The Wine Gourd explains the differences between biological definitions of varieties and clones, and the use of those concepts in the wine industry.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, argues that “America is no place for people who sleep  but can’t dream.”

Pam Strayer assesses the state of organic wine.

Amber LeBeau tells the forgotten story of Martin Ray’s contribution to the wine industry and samples their current lineup.

Neel Burton profiles the wines and wine regions of Austria.

Vino Sphere reviews the week in wine, food and travel news.

Hannah Fuellenkemper details the considerable challenges of cellar hygiene and being the person who does the cleaning.

Rebecca Hopkins writes the survivor’s guide to selling wine in Manhattan.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Allison Levine visits the Willamette Valley and meets with several winemakers.

The Wine Daily reviews the experience at Napa’s Sterling Vineyards for large groups.

The Grape Geeks visit Pina Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode has highlights from The Wine Society Tasting, part 1 and part 2.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2013 Broadside Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles.

Jeremy Parzen tastes some very old and rare Barolo and Barbaresco.

Julien Miquel reviews the wines of Rioja producer Bodegas Muga.

Tom Lee reviews the 2016 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County

Amber LeBeau reviews the 2015  Saxum “Broken Stones”, a blend of mostly Rhone varietals from Willow Creek, Paso Robles and the 2013 Adobe Road Bavarian Lion Cabernet Sauvignon

JvB Uncorked profiles the sparkling wines from Treveri Cellars, Yakima Washington.

Food Wine Click reviews the Troon Vineyard Old Vine Meritage Applegate Valley Southern Oregon 2013

My Wine Pal profiles Crus Beaujolais complete with pairing suggestions and tasting notes.

The Armchair Sommelier samples several wines from New Jersey.

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