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

Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist, wonders if the Prosecco boom is sustainable,

Winemaker Allison Crowe reports on how the 2018 vintage in Napa and Sonoma is taking shape.

Margaret Rand makes the case for Sherry as a value wine.

Jamie Goode airs his views about how we can effect change.

Golfer Phil Michelson is good at popping corks at the Korbel Spray-off,  reports Tom Wark.

The Wine Curmudgeon covers smoke taint, wine advice, and non-alcoholic booze.

L.M. Archer profiles the sparkling wine of Willamette Valley.

Alison Levine profiles Argentinean winemakers Susana Balbo and her son José Lovaglio Balbo

Lisa Johnston reviews the Kelvin K2 wine monitor, a device that keeps track of the temperature of the wine while in bottle.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Jamie Goode profiles Tony Bish an urban winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

Lisa Johnston explores Bordeaux, the city behind the wine.

The Good Vitis continues his visit to Willamette Valley visiting Tendril Cellers and Belle Pente Winery.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Ramey Wine Cellars Pinot Noir 2016, Russian River Valley

The Reverse Wine Snob reviews Hope Estates The Ripper Shiraz 2014 from Geographe Western Australia.

Tom Lee reviews the 2002 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley.

The Gourmez profiles D-Cubed Cellars and their many Napa Valley Zinfandels

Amber LeBeau reviews the 2014 Ch. de la Perriere Beaujolais cru from Brouilly.

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