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photo-1446413145391-40052a2477eeA daily sample of thoughtful writing and discussion from (mostly) independent wine blogs:

The Wine Curmudgeon reminisces about the old Black Tower TV commercial from 1982

The Wine Curmudgeon also announces prizes for a week long celebration of his blog’s 11th birthday which begins on Monday.

The Drunken Cyclist is giving away an evening with him at the Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco.

Alan Tardi extolls the virtues of Bardolino Rosé

Selected Wine Reviews:

Jamie Goode tastes three Pinot Noirs from Franz Haas, Alto Adige, Italy

Fredric Koeppel reviews Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012

Reverse Wine Snob reviews the AL Sauvignon Blanc from Wrath Wines, a wine in a can.

Amber LeBeau reviews the 2012 El Puntido Rioja.

The Wine Stalker reviews the 2017 Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection Tannat from Virginia.

Pam Strayer tastes wines from indigenous Italian grapes grown organically at a book launch party for Daniele Cernelli’s The Essential Guide to Italian wine.

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