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lake-dusia-3757656__340A daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

The Wine Curmudgeon investigates how much people actually spend on wine, which is less than what the industry would have you believe.

Dr. Vino promotes Reboule du Rhone, a New York charity event featuring wines and winemakers from Northern Rhone

Bob Highfill writes about Lodi’s efforts to market their wine overseas.

The Hosemaster of Wine sends up the Court’s Sommelier Exam scandal.

BC Wine Trends looks back at their predictions for 2018 in British Columbia.

Sonoma Bob explains why people don’t drink wine.

Winery Visits and Travel Posts:

Amanda Barnes, Around the World in 80 Harvests, visits Felton Road winery in Bannockburn, New Zealand.

Jamie Goode visits Clearview Estate in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.

JvB Uncorked visits Owen Roe winery in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode reviews Champagne Pommery’s English sparkling wine

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the 2015 Windrun Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Courtney Schiessl implores us to give Gewurztraminer a chance and reviews several from diverse locations.

Amber LeBeau reviews the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé from the Pfalz region of Germany.

Brianne Cohen visits Lenné Estates in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Larry the Wine Guy reviews the 2017 F.Y.I Red Blend Valdepeñas

Pull That Cork reviews the 2016 Domaine de Bila-Haut L’esquerda, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde, a Syrah, Grenache, Carignan blend.

Quentin Sadler’s wine of the week is the 2011 Roger Goulart Brut Gran Reserva DO / PDO Cava

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