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grape-3766255__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

Tom Wark explains the attractions of Willamette Valley vineyard land compared to Napa or Sonoma.

Tom Wark is also puzzled by the reforming of the old New York State Prohibition Party who seem to be tilting at windmills.

Amber LeBeau wonders whether wine regions, especially Washington State, should base their marketing on entry-level wines.

The Wine Curmudgeon posts an hilarious audio of a skit by Monty Python entitled Australian Table Wine from 1972.

Jeremy Parzen provides information about the soon-to-be released 2019 Slow Wine Guide.

Wine to Five Podcast is talking about Teroldego the grape that hails from Trentino Italy.

Vine Art does some research on whether there has been an increase in independent producers in the South of France.

Pam Strayer at Organic Wines Uncorked, profiles Valpolicella DOC now celebrating its 50th birthday.

Pam Strayer also reports that the Indian Provinces of Punjab and Maharashtra have banned glyphosate herbicides.

The wineORL explores the soils of the Northern Rhone appellation of St. Joseph.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Food Wine Click visits Boneterra Winery, the affordable organic/biodynamic wine from Mendocino.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Allison Levine discusses the virtues of mountain vineyards and reviews a vertical of Cardinale Winery’s Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.

Reverse Wine Snob reviews Domaine De Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem from Languedoc.

My Wine Pal profiles the wines of South Africa’s Ken Forrester

The Wine Stalker reviews the High Valley Vineyard Cabernet 2015 from Lake County.

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