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

Kathleen Willcox explains how millennials  have redefined the role of sommelier.

Tom Wark reminisces about Halloween of old.

A group of Masters of Wine visits California with Elaine Chukan Brown.

Julien Miquel tries to open a bottle of wine with a shoe.

Jeremy Parzen has a Go Fund Me campaign for an ad protesting a confederate memorial.

Tom Barras explains how to research what you’re drinking.

Elizabeth Smith interviews Madeline Puckette, creator of Wine Folly

Alfonso Cevola, On the Wine Trail in Italy,  shares links to some his newspaper columns.

For history buffs, Elizabeth’s Vines has the story of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s Naples connection and the Marsala wine he served his troops.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts

Crushed Grape Chronicles visits Caderetta’s Southwind Vineyard in Walla Walla Washington.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Fredric Koeppel reviews the Eva Fricke Wisperwind Lorcher Riesling 2015, Rheingau

The Wine Curmudgeon’s Wine of the Week is the Feudo Arancio Stemmari Grillo 2017

Jamie Goode reviews the Gamay 45, Yvon Métras Moulin-à-Vent 2015

The Drunken Cyclist abides Halloween reviewing the 2017 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Barossa Valley

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2015 Avalon Blend a Zinfandel dominated blend from California.

Tom Lee reviews the Proprietary Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon from William and Mary Winery with fruit sourced from Oak Knoll.

Red Wine Please reviews the lineup from Gooseneck Vineyards which sources grapes and wine from around the world.

Pull That Cork reviews three wines from Left Coast Estate in Willamette Valley

As The Dude abides, Swirling Dervish reviews her Halloween wine, the  2017 Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

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