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italy-1331284__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Don Kavanagh at Wine Searcher points out that the Court of Master Sommeliers has been virtually silent about the scandal that has rocked the wine world.

Tim Gaiser tackles the issue of objectivity and subjectivity in wine tasting.

Tim Atkin asks “Do winemakers improve with age?” in his discussion of Peter Sisseck of Pingus, the iconic wine from Ribera del Duero.

Craig Camp at Troon Vineyard discusses how biodynamic farming changes the people who do it.

The Wine Curmudgeon weighs in on the sommelier cheating scandal

A Must Read takes a deep dive into the marketing strategy of Bordeaux 1st Growths, especially Chateau Margaux.

Foxress sings the praises of the white wines of Lugana, Italy on the south shore of Lake Garda.

Vino Sphere reviews 43 Wine Regions—A Practical Guide to the Top Regions and Vintages Around the World by Michael Biddick.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Jamie Goode profiles Bellangelo from the Finger Lakes.

Selected Wine Reviews:

John Fodera profiles the Piemaggio estate and reviews the  2012 Piemaggio Chianti Classico Riserva

Jeremy Parzen reviews the Ronchi di Cialla Pignolo 2012 from Friuli, a grape seldom seen in the U.S

Michelle Williams reviews a slew of mostly California Pinot Noir.

Larry the Wine Guy reviews the 2015 “Rengo” Ripasso Delle Valpolicella

JVB Uncorked reviews the Department 66 “Fragile” 2017 Rosé of Grenache, from Maury, France

Aaron Nix Gomez reviews the 2017 Julien Sunier, Regnie.

Crushed Grape Chronicles reviews the Leah Jørgensen  2017 Rosé of Cab Franc, Rogue Valley Oregon

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