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Toast to Your Health: 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine in Moderation


Posted on January 11, 2024 in Lifestyle
For centuries, wine has been an integral part of cultures across the globe. From the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day connoisseurs, wine has been a beloved beverage enjoyed by all. But did you know that wine, when consumed in moderation, can actually be good for your health?
 

That’s right, folks! Wine is more than just a tasty treat. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation:

1. Boosts Heart Health:

Studies have shown that moderate consumption of wine can improve heart health by increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Red wine, in particular, contains antioxidants such as Resveratrol that can help prevent heart disease.

2. Reduces the Risk of Stroke:
Wine is said to have had blood-thinning properties that can reduce the risk of blood clots, which can cause a stroke. A glass of wine a day may just be able can help keep the stroke away!

3. Promotes Longevity:
People who consume wine in moderation have been found to live longer than those who abstain. It’s worth noting that red wine tends to contain more antioxidants than white wine, particularly the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes. A study conducted in France found that the Resveratrol in red wine can increase longevity by activating a protein that slows down the aging process. So, while both red and white wine can have health benefits, red wine may have more potent antioxidant properties.

4. Boosts Brain Function:
Wine has also been shown to improve cognitive function and memory. The antioxidants in wine can help protect the brain from damage and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Moderate wine consumption has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Resveratrol in red wine can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation in the body. White wine also contains polyphenols, which are plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These polyphenols can help protect against certain chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

A Toast to Health and Meaningful Connections

It’s not just about the wine itself, but also the social aspect of sharing a glass of wine with loved ones or friends. Research has shown that having strong social connections and meaningful relationships can contribute to a longer and healthier life.

 
When we share a glass of wine with others, we are not only enjoying a delicious beverage but also engaging in meaningful social interaction. Whether it’s catching up with old friends, sharing a romantic moment with a partner, or enjoying a family gathering, wine can help create and strengthen bonds between people.
 

Studies have found that people who have strong social connections and supportive relationships tend to have better physical and mental health, as well as a longer lifespan. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard researchers found that strong social ties can have as much of an impact on longevity as quitting smoking or losing weight.

Moderation is Key

 

Now, before you go uncorking that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s important to note that moderation is key. Too much of anything can be harmful, and wine is no exception. The recommended daily amount of wine is one glass for women and two for men. So, let’s raise a glass (in moderation, of course) to good health and a great glass of wine! Cheers!

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New Year’s Sparkler Recipe


Posted on December 20, 2023 in Recipes

Ring in the New Year with the perfect blend of sophistication and celebration by indulging in our exquisite New Year’s Sparkler cocktail created with our Rosé Sparkling Wine. Crafted to elevate your festive moments, this sparkling delight is the perfect cocktail for your New Year’s Eve bash. Cheers to a night of memories and the promise of new beginnings! Make your New Year’s Eve celebration unforgettable with the loveliest, tastiest sparkling cocktail – our New Year’s Sparkler.

INGREDIENTS
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve and garnish with raspberries.

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Sip, Savor, and Stay Warm: The Best Winter Wines to Enjoy


Posted on December 18, 2023 in Wine 101
Winter is upon us, and what better way to embrace the season than by indulging in some of the finest winter wines? Nestled in the heart of Southern California wine country, Wilson Creek offers a delightful selection of wines perfectly suited to elevate your winter experiences. Explore these exceptional wines, each carefully crafted to enhance the coziness of winter.
 
Wilson Creek Syrah: The King of Winter Reds
Wilson Creek’s Syrah is a majestic red wine that epitomizes the essence of winter. With its rich, deep color and a bouquet of blackcurrant, plum, and a subtle hint of oak, this wine is tailor-made for the season. Its firm tannins and full-bodied nature make it an ideal partner for hearty winter dishes. Picture a glass of Syrah paired with a succulent roast or a slow-cooked beef stew by the fireplace. It’s a royal treat for your palate.
 
Wilson Creek Malbec or our Special Limited Edition Malbec: An Argentine Warm Embrace 
Escape to the vineyards of Argentina with Wilson Creek’s Malbec, a winter-friendly red that will wrap you in warmth. This wine boasts flavors of ripe black fruits like blackberry and black cherry, accompanied by delicate notes of cocoa and spice. The plush texture and smooth finish make it the perfect comfort wine, whether you’re relaxing indoors or grilling up some winter BBQ. 
 
Wilson Creek “Yes Dear” Chardonnay: Comfort in a Glass 
For those who appreciate a well-rounded white wine during the colder months, Wilson Creek’s Chardonnay offers a creamy and luxurious experience. Aged with care, this Chardonnay delivers flavors of baked apple, vanilla, and a hint of buttered toast. It’s like a warm hug for your taste buds. Pair it with roasted chicken, creamy soups, or a decadent lobster bisque, and you’ve got the recipe for winter perfection.
 
Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Winter Magic 
The holiday season calls for something special, and Wilson Creek’s Almond Sparkling Wine delivers just that. This effervescent delight combines the elegance of sparkling wine with a subtle almond essence. Its crisp, refreshing bubbles make it a fantastic choice for festive gatherings and toasts. Serve it as an aperitif or alongside your favorite holiday desserts for a touch of sparkling magic.
 
Wilson Creek Decadencia: Sweet Winter Indulgence 
No winter wine list is complete without a touch of sweetness, and Decadencia is the ultimate indulgence. This dessert wine showcases flavors of dark chocolate and ripe berries, making it the perfect companion for your post-dinner cravings. Pour it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoy it with a platter of rich, creamy cheeses. Decadencia is your sweet escape in a glass.
 
As winter envelopes us in its chilly embrace, embrace the warmth and comfort of exquisite winter wines. Each bottle tells a story, and with every sip, you’ll create cherished memories that make the season truly special. Raise your glass to a season filled with great wine, cherished moments, and the joy of winter’s embrace. Cheers!
 

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Jingle Juice Recipe


Posted on December 11, 2023 in Recipes

Indulge in the festive spirit with our delightful Jingle Juice recipe – an effortlessly simple, irresistibly delicious, and stunning holiday punch! With just three key ingredients, this concoction is guaranteed to charm every palate. Cheers to holiday joy in a glass!

 

INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine Vodka, Rosé Sparkling, and Cherry 7-Up.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Pie & Wine Pairings


Posted on November 7, 2023 in Wine & Food

Thanksgiving is already here! With so much to be thankful for, we wanted to take time to thank all of our Wine Club Members and Guests who enhance our lives everyday! You are the reason we love bringing you fine wine, delicious cuisine, and good times!

To celebrate you all and all the things we have to be thankful for, Wilson Creek put together a few wine pairings to go with your favorite Thanksgiving Pies! Because nothing says celebration like sweet treats and bubbly!

Apple Pie

Brut Sparkling

Pumpkin Pie

Almond Sparkling 

Pecan Pie

Angelica Cream Sherry

Key Lime Pie

Coconut Nui Sparkling or Golden Jubilee

Lemon Meringue

Rose Sparkling or VS White Cabernet

Cherry Pie

Sangria Sparkling or VS Cabernet-Zinfandel

Chocolate Cream Pie

Almond Sparkling or Decadencia Chocolate Port

Blueberry Pie

Sangria Sparkling or VS Cabernet-Zinfandel

Peach Cobbler

Brut Sparkling or Viognier
Once again, we are THANKFUL for you!

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Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn


Posted on October 3, 2023 in Recipes, Uncategorized

Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn

Pair with 2022 Viognier

Enjoy a perfectly, grilled steak marinated with a rich, sweet, and slightly tangy balsamic flavor. With each forkful, you experience a delightful contrast between the smoky, charred notes and the sweet depth of the balsamic. Complementing the steak is a vibrant salad that bursts with freshness and color. All of the ingredients are generously drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette that mirrors the flavors of the steak, tying the dish together. Now, sip on a glass of Viognier, and you’ll discover the magic of this pairing. The wine’s aromatic bouquet fills the air with delicate floral notes and hints of ripe stone fruits. As you take a sip, the Viognier’s apricot, peach, and honeysuckle flavors meld seamlessly with the steak’s sweet balsamic glaze, creating a delectable contrast that enhances both the wine and the dish. Together, they elevate your dining experience to a level of culinary bliss.

FOR THE MARINADE:
1 lb sirloin steak
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE SALAD:
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 heads endive lettuce, outer leaves removed,
halved and roughly chopped into 2 inch pieces
6 cups mixed spring greens, 1 corn on the cob, husk removed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling corn

FOR THE GREMOLATA:
2 tablespoons basil leaves, minced, 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon lemon zest

FOR THE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium size bowl, stir together ingredients for the marinade. Place steaks in a large zip-lock bag. Pour marinade over the steaks, seal the bag, and shake to coat. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Make the gremolata: Combine the basil, parsley, lemon zest, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside. Preheat a cast iron grill pan at medium-high heat or an outdoor grill. Drizzle corn on the cob with 1 tablespoon olive oil and liberally sprinkle salt and pepper. Using tongs, place on the heated grill. Cook each side until grill marks form on the corn kernels and they are somewhat softened, about 10 minutes total. When cool, slice corn kernels off the cob. Grill steak on both sides 4-5 minutes for rare to medium rare. Remove steak to a plate and let rest for five minutes. Slice thinly against the grain. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette. Toss together half of the vinaigrette, half of the gremolata, mixed greens, endives, tomatoes, gorgonzola, sliced corn, and red onion in a large bowl. Lay sliced steak on top of salad. Drizzle steak and salad with gremolata and remaining vinaigrette as desired. Enjoy!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup


Posted on September 19, 2023 in Recipes, Uncategorized

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Pair with 2020 Cabernet Franc

This delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup paired with our 2020 Cabernet Franc is a winning combination that showcases the versatility of our red wine. The wine’s fruit-forward character, balanced with its herbal and spicy elements, elevates the dining experience by complementing the soup’s complex flavors. The perfect recipe to enjoy on a cozy evening at home, this pairing is sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons white onion, diced
¼ cup tomato, diced
1 tablespoon green chili, diced
¼ cup black beans
¼ cup corn
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon chili powder
1 ½ cups chicken broth, or veggie broth
1 cup rotisserie chicken, shredded
tortilla strip, for garnish
fresh cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium sauce pot over a medium heat, add oil, garlic and onion. Cook until onion starts to become translucent. Add tomatoes, green chilis, black beans, corn, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Cook until all ingredients are heated through, stirring occasionally. Add broth, stir and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and allow to heat through. Serve with a sprinkle of tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado and even some sour cream. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe


Posted on September 17, 2023 in Uncategorized, Recipes

Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

Pair with 2022 Yes Dear Chardonnay

A hearty, satisfying meal that’s perfect for a fall football-watching day. Create a cozy fall meal with this delicious pumpkin turkey chili recipe

For this flavorful and slightly spicy pumpkin turkey chili, our Yes Dear Chardonnay is an excellent pairing choice. The buttery and creamy notes of the Chardonnay will complement the rich and creamy texture of the pumpkin, while the acidity will balance the chili’s spiciness.

Ingredients

1 large yellow onion, diced (about 2 cups)

1 medium bell pepper, red, yellow, or orange, diced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/3 pounds ground turkey or chicken

1 15-oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with liquid 

1/4 cup tomato paste, no salt added

1 14-oz. can pumpkin puree

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

4 cups baby spinach leaves

avocado, optional

Sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt, optional

cilantro, optional

 

Directions

Liberally coat a large pot or Dutch oven with oil spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper sauté, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the garlic, stir everything together and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey or chicken. Use a spatula or a large spool to break up the meat as it cooks. Continue to cook about 6 to 7 minutes, until fully cooked. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin puree, broth, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, and optional cayenne pepper, and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Right before serving, add the spinach and mix throughout. Enjoy the chili with desired toppings, such as avocado, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, and salsa. Enjoy!

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The Different Varietals of Grapes Grown at Wilson Creek and their Unique Characteristics


Posted on September 15, 2023 in Wine 101
 
Exploring the Delightful Varietals of Grapes at Wilson Creek Winery 
When it comes to wine, the grape varietal used can significantly impact the flavor, aroma, and overall experience of the wine. At Wilson Creek Winery, nestled in the heart of California’s wine country, a diverse range of grape varietals are grown, each offering its own unique characteristics. Let’s take a journey through our vineyards and explore the exceptional qualities of some of the most popular varietals they cultivate.
 
 
Merlot: A Smooth and Approachable Classic
Merlot, known for its smoothness and approachability, is a staple at Wilson Creek Winery. The varietal’s plush texture and notes of ripe red fruits make it a versatile choice for wine enthusiasts. Merlot offers a rich, velvety mouthfeel with a harmonious balance of fruit and soft tannins, making it an excellent choice for those new to wine as well as seasoned connoisseurs.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon: Bold Elegance in Every Sip
For those seeking a bolder experience, Wilson Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon fits the bill perfectly. This varietal is celebrated for its intense flavors of dark berries, cedar, and a touch of earthiness. The Cabernet Sauvignon showcases a remarkable depth of character, often with structured tannins that lend an age-worthy quality to the wine. It’s a wine that embodies elegance and power simultaneously.
 
Zinfandel: A Fruit-Forward Favorite
Zinfandel, with its luscious fruit-forward profile, holds a special place at Wilson Creek Winery. Bursting with flavors of blackberries, cherries, and sometimes even a hint of spice, Zinfandel offers a delightful and vibrant experience. Our Zinfandel showcases the region’s terroir beautifully, often featuring a lovely balance between ripe fruitiness and subtle nuances.
 
Syrah and Petite Sirah: A Tale of Two Syrahs
Wilson Creek Winery produces two distinct yet equally captivating versions of Syrah – the classic Syrah and the bold Petite Sirah. The Syrah typically boasts dark fruit flavors, black pepper, and a touch of smokiness. On the other hand, the Petite Sirah offers a more intense experience, with deeper color, powerful tannins, and notes of blueberries and dark chocolate. Both versions showcase the winery’s dedication to crafting wines with unique personalities.
 
 
 
Among the accolades that adorn our winemaking journey, we proudly highlight the crowning achievement of our Petite Sirah. This exceptional varietal captured the top People’s Choice award in the Temecula Valley Blind Tasting, a testament to the dedication and expertise of our winemakers. The deep and bold flavors of our Petite Sirah, coupled with its intense character, secured its place as the ultimate victor. 
 
Malbec and Mourvèdre: Hidden Gems of Character
Malbec and Mourvèdre, though perhaps less commonly known, are hidden gems in Wilson Creek’s portfolio. Malbec presents dark fruit flavors, velvety tannins, and a touch of spice, showcasing its unique characteristics. Mourvèdre, on the other hand, often contributes to blends with its earthy, herbal, and sometimes gamey notes, adding depth and complexity to the wines.
 
Tannat: Embracing Boldness and Structure
Lastly, Tannat, known for its bold tannins and rich flavors, embodies the essence of power and structure. Tannat wines are full-bodied and intense, offering flavors of dark fruit, espresso, and sometimes a hint of tobacco. These wines are perfect for those who appreciate robust reds with a distinctive character.
 
 
Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Viognier: A Symphony of Whites
The trio of ChardonnayRoussanne, and Viognier represents Wilson Creek’s commitment to producing exceptional white wines. Chardonnay offers a range of styles, from buttery and oaky to crisp and mineral-driven. Roussanne contributes to blends with its rich texture and notes of honey and floral elements. Viognier, known for its aromatic intensity, adds vibrant floral and stone fruit aromas to the mix.
 
Muscat: A Symphony of Sweetness
Muscat, a grape celebrated for its aromatic sweetness, takes center stage in Wilson Creek’s dessert wines. Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of a blend, Muscat wines deliver a symphony of floral and fruity notes, often accompanied by a luscious mouthfeel. These wines are perfect for those who have a sweet tooth or want to indulge in a memorable after-dinner treat.
 
 
Embarking on a journey beyond exceptional wines, Wilson Creek Winery also stands as a steward of the land through regenerative agriculture. Our commitment to sustainability is evident in our vineyards, where we prioritize regenerative practices that enrich the soil, promote biodiversity, and conserve water. By nurturing the natural ecosystem, we not only produce remarkable grape varietals but also contribute to a healthier environment. We are dedicated to nurturing the earth through regenerative agriculture.
 
 
The diverse range of grape varietals grown at Wilson Creek Winery offers a spectrum of flavors, aromas, and experiences. From the smooth elegance of Merlot to the bold power of Tannat, each varietal tells a unique story that reflects the region’s terroir and the winery’s dedication to crafting exceptional wines. 
 
 
Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just starting your wine journey, a visit to Wilson Creek promises an exploration of these captivating grape varietals that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
 

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The Best Wine for Every Occasion: A guide to Choosing the Right Wine


Posted on August 30, 2023 in Wine 101
These last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to indulge in the pleasures of a perfect glass of wine. Whether you’re planning a backyard barbecue, a romantic date night, or a casual gathering with friends, choosing the right wine can elevate your experience and create unforgettable moments. 
 
When it comes to choosing the perfect bottle of wine, there are a few key factors to consider. Here’s what to look for when selecting a bottle:
 
Occasion:
Consider the specific event or occasion for which you’re purchasing the wine. Are you celebrating a special milestone, hosting a casual gathering, or planning an intimate dinner? Different occasions call for different styles of wine, so keep the context in mind.    Wilson Creek VS White CabernetIdeal for celebratory toasts and milestones. For those special moments that call for a toast, Wilson Creek VS White Cabernet is a stellar choice. This unique white Cabernet Sauvignon, with its vibrant profile and citrusy notes, adds a touch of sophistication to celebratory occasions. Whether you’re raising a glass for a birthday, anniversary, or any other milestone, this wine will make the moment even more memorable.
 
Taste Preferences:
Think about your personal taste preferences and those of your guests. Do you prefer red, white, or rosé? Are you looking for a wine that is dry, sweet, or somewhere in between? Understanding your preferences will help you narrow down your options and find a bottle that you’ll truly enjoy.  When enjoying the great outdoors, a glass of Wilson Creek Chardonnay is the perfect companion. Its bright flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, coupled with subtle oak undertones, make it an excellent choice for outdoor gatherings and picnics. Whether you’re relaxing by the beach, hosting a barbecue, or picnicking in the park, this refreshing white wine complements the sunny ambiance and pairs wonderfully with grilled seafood, chicken, or summer salads.
 
Food Pairing:
If you plan to pair the wine with a particular dish or cuisine, consider the flavor profiles that would complement the food. For example, a robust red wine like Wilson Creek Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah pairs well with grilled meats, while a crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay complements seafood or poultry dishes. Look for wines that harmonize with the flavors of your planned meal.
 
Price Range:
Determine your budget for the wine. Wines come in a wide range of prices, from affordable everyday options to high-end bottles. Set a comfortable price range and explore wines within that range to find the best value for your budget.
 
Region and Winery:
Consider exploring wines from specific regions or wineries known for producing exceptional wines. Each wine region has its own unique characteristics, and certain wineries have established reputations for consistent quality. Research the reputation and expertise of the winery to gain confidence in choosing the right wine for your occasion and preference.
 
 
Recommendations and Reviews:
Seek recommendations from friends, wine experts, or trusted sources to discover new wines or validate your choices. Reading reviews or tasting notes can provide insights into the wine’s flavor profile, quality, and overall experience.
 
Here’s one of our favorite summer time recommendations:
 
Wilson Creek Rosé (Now Available in Convenient Cans): When the sun is shining, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a glass (or can!) of Wilson Creek Rosé. With its delicate pink hue and lively flavors of fresh strawberries and watermelon, this wine is a refreshing treat on hot summer days. Now available in convenient cans, it’s perfect for casual gatherings, poolside hangouts, barbecues, or laid-back picnics. Enjoy it on its own or pair it with light appetizers, grilled vegetables, or a cheese and charcuterie board for a delightful al fresco experience.
 
Experimentation:
Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try new wines. Exploring different grape varietals, regions, and styles can be an exciting journey of discovery. Allow yourself the opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and palate by trying something new.
 
Remember, choosing the right wine is ultimately about personal preference and enjoyment. By considering the occasion, taste preferences, food pairing, price range, region, recommendations, and being open to experimentation, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect bottle for any occasion. Cheers and happy wine tasting!
 
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