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

Jamie Goode tells the story of his journey into wine.

The Wine Gourd has the stats on the repeatability of wine scores among critics.

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy, traces the recent history of Tocai Friulano, the white grape from Friuli.

Tom Wark admires the beauty of wine in a polarized world.

Around the World in 80 Harvests provides an informative guide to the Marlborough region of New Zealand.

Margaret Rand has the 2018 Harvest Report from Bordeaux.

Deborah Parker Wong reports on the interest in Sonoma shown by the Bordeaux-based trade show VinExpo Explorer.

Amber LeBeau ponders the wine drinking trends of Generation Z.

The Color of Wine interviews Paula Harrell of P. Harrell Wines

Neel Burton profiles the wines of Corsica.

Wine Country Getaways reports on The Cheeses of Europe presentation at the Wine Blogger’s Conference.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Alder Yarrow tells a sad story of his visit to Vinoptima in Gisborne New Zealand, a winery devoted to only Gewurztraminer which is now in receivership.

Jamie Goode visits Paritua winery in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.

The Wine Daily visits Sherwin Family Vineyards a beautiful property in Napa Valley.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Allison Levine discovers the diversity of Madeira wine.

Martin Redmond profiles the Lirac region of Southern Rhone.

JVB Uncorked reports his bucket list of wines he wants to taste.

Amber LeBeau reviews the 2016 Welsh Family Wines Blaufränkisch from Dauenhauer Farms in the Willamette Valley and the 2009 La Conreria de Scala Dei Priorat from Spain

Tom Lee reviews the 2011 Dehlinger Chardonnay from Russian River.

Wine Travel Eats reviews the Chateau Montelena 2017 Potter Valley Riesling

Tim Lemke discovers value in Red Mountain wine.

Appetite for Wine reviews Dow’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Red Wine Please reviews the 2016 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay

My Wine Pal reviews the Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve N/V

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