American Wine Society Banfi Vinters Dinner

We have had many wines over the years and one of the finest from Italy are the Banfi wines. The Las Vegas Chapter of the American Wine Society held a Banfi Vintners Wine Dinner at Cafe Bleu. The wines and food pairings were very nice. We attended along with our friend Irene from Vegaswineux and we were not disappointed.
The First Course : Panzanella with Heirloom Tomatoes , Grilled Flatbread
this was paired with Sartori 'Giulietta' Pinot Grigio Blush All of us at our table were surprised with a Pinot Grigio Blush. There were hints of Raspberry and dried cherry finishing with floral notes.

The Second Course: Brick-Oven Fired Figs with Gorgonzola, Prosciutto Chip.This course was a big hit and was paired with Sartori Pinot Grigio IGT

The Third Course: Angel Hair Pasta Nest with Rock Shrimp and Pesto, Asiago Cream. The Sartori 'Montegradella' Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1999 DOC
paired wonderfully.
The Fourth Course: Roasted Herbed Loin of Boar, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Truffle Foam. For meat lovers this course was magnificent along with pairing the Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella DOC.

The Fifth Course: Espresso Panna Cotta, Raspberry Compote, Crispy Almond Biscotti. This was paired with one of our favorite Sparkling wines , Rosa Regale Brachetto d' Acqui D.O.C.G

We raise our glass to Andy Ashbaugh along with the Staff and Students of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for doing such an fantastic job !

Rock and Roll wines Rocks into Mandalay Bay Beach

We attended this event last year and what a great venue for wine and music. This year we had the opportunity to represent Radog Wines made by Dan Tudor. Dan Tudor also makes Tudor wines as well. There is a link to the right of the page for more information on the vineyard and wines.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and enjoyed the Radog Dry Gewurztraminer 2005 Monterey County and Sauvingon Blanc 2006 Arroyo Seco, Monterey County. Both these wines were prefect for enjoying the Beach at Mandalay Bay and as usual the musicians were top notch headlined by Sugar Ray.
We were in a cabana next to Richard Oh the winemaker of Otter Cove wines. His 2005 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands was excellent. To learn more about Otter Cove click this link.
It was a real pleasure meeting all of you and thank you very much for supporting VinoLasVegas


Fall is here and our journey picks up some speed

After a long hot summer Fall is finally here and along with that comes many wine and dining events. Harvest and Crush is in full swing in California and many events are underway here in Las Vegas. This weekend Rock-n-Roll wines rocks into Mandalay Bay Beach with alot of wine and music. We will be there and have been asked to pour wines for our friend Dan Tudor and his Radog Wines. Stop by and say hello !American Wine Society is also having a Banfi Winemaker Dinner at Cafe Bleu as well as a picnic next month with a few wineries stopping by to pour their wines and enjoy the great outdoors.
In October the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association is having a Harvest festival in Santa Maria. Las Vegas is also busy in February and march with UNLVINO , Lees Wine Experience and of course the Wine Spectator Grand tour makes a stop at the Venetian.
One event we really enjoyed last year was the World of Pinot Noir at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo beach. There are many many more events as well. If you want to see more events look on the right of the page and find Las Vegas Wine events. Attend some of these events you will not be disappointed. This is a very busy time so jump aboard our wine trail and lets get busy !

Marche Bacchus Blind Tasteing

We had another blind tasting at one of our favorite places Marche Bacchus. A few members of Tex and Gidget's wine crew met for lunch and of course a couple blind red wines. We did pretty well.

Wine # 1: This wine was light red-purple in the glass and appeared to be about a 2002 vintage. On the nose we got hints of clove, earth , oak and leather. On the palate we got hints of tart black cherry, raspberry , with medium tannins on the finish. Most of the group agreed it was old world and most likely French. Some suggested maybe a Cote du Rhone or Burgundy. The bottle was shown to us as Jean-Paul Brun 2005 "Terres Dorees" Beaujolais "L'Ancien" Vieilles Vignes.

Wine # 2: In the glass this wine was purple-red in color medium bodied and appeared to be about 2003-2005 vintage. On the nose we got hints of coffee , white pepper and hi alcohol. The palate had hints of tobacco, cocoa , hi alcohol and finished nicely with long lingering medium tannins. Most of the group right away suggested an old world Merlot Bordeaux blend. We did very well with this one. The bottle was brought out and shown to us to be a Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond Rothchild Listrac-Medoc 2003.We did some research and found the group really did well with this one. I found the official tasting notes from Chateau Clarke and as you can see we hit most of their descriptors.

2003 was an extremely hot summer across Europe. In Bordeaux, it produced an abundance of rich, ripe grapes that led to excellent, concentrated, early-drinking wines, especially in the Médoc. Château Clarke 2003 is a blend of Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) that aged in French oak barrels (90% new) for 16 months. Robert Parker recently said, “this powerful 2003 is the finest Clarke I have ever tasted.” He also named it a “sleeper” of the 2002, 2003, and 2005 vintages.

Tasting Notes:
A dense dark ruby/purple colored wine that has an expressive and intense nose of blackcurrant, cherry, and plum aromas with hints of mocha, chocolate, smoke and spice. A powerful attack of fruit gives way to a deep, full-bodied mid-palate of ripe tannins before a long and fleshy finish.

Château Clarke
was purchased by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, of Château Lafite Rothschild, in 1973. He set about completely replanting the vineyards and building a new state-of-the-art winery.

Cheers to everyone for a great job !

Rosemary's Blind Tasteing

As we have mentioned before,

Rosemary's is one of the best

restaurants in town. We took

advantage of Rosmary's half price bottles on Sundays to enjoy some blind tasting. Michael Shetler Sommelier and Director of Operations and Sommelier Michael Jones selected three red wines for us to try blind.

Wine # 1 appeared to us to be 2003-2005 vintage and deep purple in color. On the nose we all agreed it was old world with hints of cassis, leather , barnyard and wet wood. On the palate we got tastes of raspberry, cassis , dark bakers chocolate and white pepper. The finish was long with medium tannins. We all thought this was a Bourdeaux blend from France. The only disagreement was left or right bank. Everyone decided it was from the right bank. There was one person who thought there may be some Cabernet Sauvignon so they stayed with the left bank. The wine was reveled to us as a Pauillac 2003 a Chateau Latour third growth from Pauillac appellation in Bourdeaux. All of the group did well guessing at the wine. I did a little research on the wine and region.

Located in the famous Medoc wine region, about 40 kilometers north-west of the city of Bordeaux, the vineyard of Château Latour belongs to the Pauillac appellation.The quality of its wine depends partly on the type of grape variety that is being used, but also on the exceptional combination of natural elements (geography, geology and climate) that constitutes its "Terroir".
The are appellation surrounding Pauillac contains three of the five Premier Cru ( first growth ) along with fifteen other Cru Classe'. The dominant grape in this region is. Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine # 2 was brought out to us. We felt confidant being that we did well on the Pauillac. In the glass its color was a deep purple red with a medium body. On the nose hints of herbs, green vegetables , beet water and spice were reported by most members of the group. On the palate spice, cassis , blackberry and red fruit came through with dry woody tannins. Most of us thought it was Italian maybe a Super Tuscan. The was identified as a Pasanau Priorat Finca La Planeta 2002 , Spain. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Grenache.

Ricard Pasanau, whose family has farmed vineyards in Priorat since the 13th century, and in 1995 built a modern winery there. Of the three Priorats that his winery, Cellers Pasanau, makes, Finca La Planeta) from a 2400 foot-high, seven-acre vineyard planted predominantly in the early 1980s) is his flagship wine. La Planeta yields 13,000 bottles of wine each year, an 80-20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and old-vines Grenache. Poor soils, many hours of sunshine and a long, dry growing season restrict the vines' productivity and concentrate the grapes' flavors.
Because Pasanau's vineyards are situated high in the interior of the Priorat zone, they are less influenced by the Mediterranean than those from vineyards elsewhere in the zone; day-night temperature variations are more distinct, for example, the weather is dryer and the gravelly scree from the Sierra de Montsant overlays the region's typical llicorella slate soil. (The gravelly soil is one reason that Pasanau decided to feature Cabernet in the Finca La Planeta vineyard.) As a result, his wines are less Mediterranean in style than most other Priorats, and show a bit less herbal nuance and more purity of fresh fruit.

We were finally ready for wine # 3. In the glass its color was deep dark purple and medium bodied. The nose gave us hints of spice, french oak , white pepper , high alcohol , dark fruit and molasses. On the palate licorice, acid , black berry liqueur , jammy red fruit , white pepper and green vegetables. This wine finished with fine dusty medium tannins. This wine really had us guessing from new world, old world , all kinds of blends and varietals. To our surprise it turned out to be a Shadow Canyon Cellars Larner Vineyard Grenache 2003 Santa Ynez , Valley . We had to find out more about this vineyard.

Larner Vineyard is located on a 150-acre family-owned parcel of land in Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County, California). Of these, 33 acres are planted to Rhone grape varietals (Syrah, Grenache and Viognier) in addition to the "Larner Clone" Grenache and Malvasia Bianca (the grapes are dried and pressed into a dessert wine). There are both clay and sandy soils over rolling hills, and like clockwork at noon, a soft breeze picks up off the Pacific (about 20 miles away) to aerate the clusters. The well-exposed vineyard is drenched in sunlight and luminosity and boasts exceptional sunsets. The vineyard is dotted with hundreds of centuries-old California oak trees and is located at the junction of two valleys near Solvang, which makes for a unique positioning within the Santa Ynez Valley.

We plan to be in the area for harvest and crush in a few weeks. This is one vineyard we will not pass up ! As usual , the food, wine , company and staff made this another enjoyable evening at Rosemary's . Cheers.

Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszu'

This a quite a coincidence. Our wine word last week was Aszu'. I mentioned an esteemed sweet wine Tokaji Aszu' and how it is made with grapes that have botrytis cinerea. The Hungarians call this Aszu'. We were at Tex and Gidgets home the other night when on of the other members of the group brought in a bottle of Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszu' 2000 from Hungary. One of the benefits about writing is that you learn along the way. I recognized the term right away and had a chance to enjoy this beautiful desert wine.

What could be better proof for the fame and rank of the Tokay vine and wine-culture than the fact that every self-respecting wine-shop in the world has a few bottles of Tokay. Every Hungarian child knows the lines of the national anthem referring to the famous wine (’You poured nectar on the vines of Tokay’) and the words of attributed to Louis XIV according to which the Tokay is ’the wine of kings and the king of wines’ (’Vinum regum - rex vinorum’). The Tokay Aszu wine speciality came to be known all over the world. The preservation of the intact, original wine culture developed during the last thousand years as well as the unity of the wine region was the reason why the UNESCO World Heritage Committee admitted the Tokay wine region as a culture landscape to the World Heritage List in 2002.The story of the wine region is documented since 1561, and is protected since 1737 when a royal order declared it a closed wine region – the first of its kind. Every authoritative viticultural book or lexicon (e.g. Hugh Johnson: World Atlas of Wine; Jancis Robinson: Oxford Wine Lexicon; André Dominé: Wine; etc.) dedicates several pages to this region and its unique wines. In the early 20th century Europe the great Tokay wines were mentioned besides the most expensive noble-sweet Chateau D’Yquem wine. In Paris there can be no luxury restaurant without a Tokay. The Russian czar family had a special Cossack group to protect the transport of Tokay wines.

What gives the uniqueness of these wines? This wonder is at the confluence of several factors.The ’Botrytis Cinarea’ mildew can be found in almost every wine region of the world and it is a great curse since it rottens the ripe grapes. However, under special climatic circumstances – that can be found in Tokay (Hungary), Sautern (Bordeaux), the shore of the Mosel (Germany) and Neusiedlersee (Austria) – this becomes a blessing since the fungus takes away only the water from the grapes bringing about their rotting and drying. The soil is the great advantage of Tokay as compared to its competitors: while the subsoil of the previously mentioned regions is mainly alluvial and argillaceous-aeolian, the vines in Tokay grow in a volcanic soil. Another curiosity: the temperature in the cellars dug in the volcanic stone is constant both in winter and summer (12 Celsius) and this facilitates the development of the ’Cladosporium Cellare’ cellar mildew.

The preparation of the Tokay Aszu is a unique procedure in two steps. After the harvest the aszu grapes are selected by hand (!) from the healthy grapes. Dry white wine is made of the non-dry vintage by a traditional technology. In the meantime the aszu grapes rest in a huge tub. The liquid pouring out of them by their own weight (without pressing or other external influence) is the basis for the most special, the sweetest and the most expensive wine, the ’Eszenciának’, ’Natúreszenciának’ or ’Tokay nectare’. The average sugar content of such wines is 500-850 gr./ liter, that is, 50-85% of it is pure grape sugar.

In the glass it had a pale golden color with a medium body. On the nose there were hints of honey with lilys.On the palate Its taste reveals the aromas of peaches and grapefruit, but also a a hint of spice with a nice well balanced finish.


As much as its hurts to say but Restaurant week has come to an end. But before it ended we had to make one more stop.

Aureole at the Manadalay Bay has been featured on most wine, travel or food shows about Las Vegas. The first thing you notice is the wine tower. Inside the tower are 1700 different vineyards from all over the world. There are about 10,000 bottles. The other interesting things is Aureole's "wine angels" that "fly" up , down and side to side on a harness in the tower to retrieve the bottle that you have ordered. When seated you receive a computer note pad from which you can sort the wine list by price,varietal, region and even bottle size. After playing with the wine list computer we selected a Castle Vineyard Merlot Sonoma Valley 2000 and sent the wine angel to flight. The menu consisted of three courses.

First Course Duo of Hudson Valley Foie GrasVanilla scented torchon, seared with port glaze Beerenauslese. Second Course Braised Beef Ribs and Hanger Steak Truffle-celery root puree wilted swiss chard, cabernet reduction Third Course CITRUS SCENTED CHEESECAKE WITH HUCKLEBERRY COMPOTE Crème brulée ice cream, essence of Cassis, maple brown sugar sauce. The food was very good. The Braised Beef ribs were a real stand out. The Castle Vineyard Merlot paired excellent with the meal. Now more about the wine. In the glass it showed light to medium bodied and dark red in color. On the nose, hints of spice and red fruit were prominent. As it opened up, chocolate mocha became prominent as well. On the palate spice, chocolate and red fruit came through with a nice medium silky finish. This vineyard specializes in small production hand crafted wines.

As always if you want to see the menus and wines of Aureole, There is a link to the right of the page .Our over all impression of the whole experience is mixed. The food was good and as expected. The atmosphere was large and impersonal. The wait staff appeared robotic but professional. The waiter for our table bordered on being rude and arrogant. We did have a good time and next time we most likely will sit in the bar area and share an appetizer and a bottle of wine

Cheers !

Venge Vineyards comes to Bleu Gourmet

Our wine trail made a stop at Bleu Gourmet where Joseph from Vin Sauvage introduced us to Kirk Venge of Venge Vineyards. We had a chance to taste some of his wines. The first was the Venge Bianco 2005 Napa Valley

. Once poured, a very vibrant, straw color comes to view. A bouquet of fresh cut lemon grass and lime rind from both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the first scents to meet the nose. The middle aromas in the nose are those of a flower shop and cotton candy is a gift from the Viognier. It is a fresh, zesty transition to the palate with crisp bright citrus and grapefruit flavors with an underlying acid structure that lasts for several moments. The overall is a bright, crisp white with good acidity that will pair very well with scallops, ceviche and pasta with a buttery cream sauce. These were the official tasting notes and we all agreed 100%. This was a nice refreshing summer wine and very well balanced. The second was the Venge Sangiovese 2005 Napa Valley. A beautiful, deep crimson color preludes this wine’s beautiful strawberry jam, pomegranate and rhubarb aromas. The once used barrels give it just a splash of oak without steering it away from its core of fruit. Although there is muscle in this wine it shows great reserve. It is savory and fruit forward and supported by firm acidity with structure that will help it age and continue to improve for 5 to 7 years. The third was Kirk's Venge Merlot 2005 Napa Valley. This wine surprised us. It was very unlike a "common" merlot from Napa. Refined and elegant is how best to describe this age worthy Oakville Merlot. Only a handful of Merlots possess such a dark purple and black color. Wafts of sweet red candied fruit, vanilla and warm barrel caramels delightfully lift from the glass. The palate features flavors of ripe cherry cola, cocoa and a touch of mineral reminiscent of a fine Pomerol. The entry and mid palate is silky and delivers seamlessly. The balanced interweaves of ripe tannin, modest acidity and rich texture form to create a polished finish. This wine will drink well now through 2016. After that we did not think it could get much better but it did. Next up on the list was the Venge "Scouts Honor" from Napa Valley. We all recognized the Zenfandel right away from the nose. Scout is proudly looking down on us as we eagerly release this year’s effort. We sure miss him more than ever these days. You never forget the pet you cared for the most and he was surely the one! Lucy our Golden Retriever reminds us a lot of Scout but there was only one Venge Winery Dog original. The blend is again true to type for the Scouts. At 68% it is primarily Zinfandel with the balance divided equally; 16% Petite Sirah and 16% Charbonno. We are so happy to have the Petit and Charbonno varietals that fight so hard in making this eclectic blend. I’ve written before and have to reiterate again what a pleasure it is to make blended wines. With approximately 8 different vineyard and varietal components there is such a variety of creativity that can result. Being that we have shown Golden Retrivers for over 1o years this had to be a favorite. The Charbono we spoke about just last week !!We had though we were done but Joseph from Vin Sauvage insisted that we had one more to try ! The last was very nice. Joseph brought us over the Venge 2004 Cabernet Sauvingon 2004 Napa Valley. If I remember correctlyJoseph told us that there were only about 525 cases made of this nice Cabernet .Powerful, ripe, complex and memorable. These words speak loudly of this rich and bold wine born from a quintessential Napa Valley vintage. From the first moments in the glass, this deep red Cabernet absolutely comes to life. The nose is layered with fragrances of ripe black cherry, integrated oak vanilla and a light dusting of black pepper spice. With a bit of time to open up, subtle layers of French barrel roast and espresso mingle the nuances. Fresh and ripe fruit flavors of cherries, plums and currants lead the charge on the early palate attack. Typical of a young Oakville Cabernet, the structure and makeup is youthful but give way to the pure red stone fruit flavors that make up the true heart and soul of this wine. Anything but basic, your senses will be sent on a very satisfying ride! This wine will continue to improve for 3 to 5 years and should survive well to 2022 or longer with ideal collaring conditions.
For those of you who don't know Bleu Gourmet has free wine tastings with the purchase of an entree every Wednesday. With people like Joseph from Vin Savauge and Kirk Venge you cant go wrong ! You never know who you may run into there. And of course the owner Sonny ! thanks we had a great time ! For those who want to know more about Venge Vineyards, there is a link to the right.

Joel Robuchon L' Atelier

Because it was restaurant week we had to check out one of the best places in town. A few friends Tex , Gidget and Michael joined us when our wine trail stopped in on Joel Robuchon L' Atelier in the MGM Grand Hotel. First off let me say this a beautiful restaurant. As you walk in you see the kitchen with everyone busily preparing the food. You have the option of sitting at the counter facing the kitchen for a ring side seat. We were seated at a table with a full pantry behind us with some of the best vegetables I have ever seen. After we were seated we immediately started to look over the wine list. We pretty much had narrowed our choice to a Cabernet Sauvingon but were deciding on a vineyard. The Sommleier, Gordon, came by and suggested we try the Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvingon 2001 from Napa Valley. Gordon decanted the wine and Gidget was selected to taste the wine. A big smile came to her face when she got a hint of the nose on this Ladera. In the glass the wine was medium bodied with a deep red-purple color. The age ring confirmed the 2001 vintage. On the nose there were hints of cassis , blackberry and cedar. On the palate there were blackberry, blueberry, cassis and then dark chocolate came through with a long lingering finish.

Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2001: A superior effort, ripe, rich and concentrated, yet seamless in texture,with pure currant, cassis, black cherry and plum flavors that are sharply focused, finishing with a delicious aftertaste that keeps pumping out the flavors. While it's tannic and chewy, it's the fruit that impresses. Best from 2005 through 2012. 768 cases made. –JLScore: 93Release Price: $65 Country: California Region: Napa

The wine paired with the entree of hanger steak topped with shallots very well. This is one restaurant you must try even if it is only once. Thank you Gordon for a wonderful suggestion. The wine , food , and company made the whole evening extra special.

Marche Bacchus Blind tasteing

It was Saturday so that meant lunch and blind wines at Marche Bacchus. We had about seven people so we asked for two wines. Wine number one was brought out for us to sample. In the glass this wine was medium bodied and dark red in color. The age ring indicated 2003-2005 vintage range. On the nose most of us got berries , earth , spice , dark fruit and mineral. On the palate, berries came through along with tobacco, plums and high alcohol along with a significant amount of tannins. The group was split. Some suggested Cabernet Sauvignon and others suggested maybe a Zinfandel from California. Alex reveled the bottle to us as a Conquista Malbec Mendoza de Argentina 2005. Malbec is a French red wine grape grown in Bordeaux and in parts of the Loire Valley. It is also widely planted in Argentina it is sometimes called FER. Alex brought out the second blind wine. In the glass it had a medium body and dark red in color. age ring indicated 2003-2005 vintage range. On the nose we had aromas of cherry, raspberries, vanilla , spice and high alcohol. On the palate most of us got black pepper, jammy fruit and current. The finish was long with medium tannins. Alex brought out the bottle and showed us it was the Prisoner Napa Valley 2005. This was a delicious wine that offers the best of both worlds: zesty wild berry, spice and fresh tobacco, with focused, well-structured blackberry flavors. Plush, rich and concentrated, with a wonderful focus on the core fruit flavors. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Charbono.
We did some research on the Charbono varietal. This is an uncommon grape grown in Napa Valley and Mendocino County. The grapes are very dark in color, lackluster in flavor and tend to be high in tannins and acidity. This grape is thought to have genetic links to Corbeau or charbonneau a rare French variety. And one other interesting fact is that everyone in the group had suggested the Zinfandel from the very beginning ! congratulations to all who where there
Cheers !

Gaja Ca Marcanda Promis 2005 Italy

The weekly Marche Bacchus wine tasting gave us a nice surprise. We had the opportunity to taste the Gaja Ca Mercanda Promis 2005 from Italy. The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by four generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery's current owner. In 1994 Gaja acquired its first wine estate in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. The property's forty acres of vineyards produce two Brunello di Montalcino wines called Sugarille and Rennina.

In 1996 Gaja acquired a second property in Tuscany, Ca'Marcanda, located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri. Of the property's 200 acres, 150 have been planted with new vineyards: primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

In the glass the wine was medium bodied with a dark red color. On the nose there are aromas of tobacco , smoke , stewed dark /red fruit and cedar. On the palate the tobacco and smoke came through along with leather and dry wood. Medium tannins made this wine finish very nicely and well balanced

A delightful wine that combines the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced, almost musical, its a pleasure to drink from an early age and also has an aging potential of 5-8 years.

Nevada Restauraunt Week Sep 2-8 2007

Here we go !! This is a great opportunity to visit some of Las Vegas's if not the World's finest fine dinning restaurants for $ 50.07 per person. Great names like Aureole , Craft Steak, Wolfgang Puck , and Bradley Ogden are only a small few. You can go to for a complete listing. The proceeds go to a very good cause and you get to have a wonderful pre-fix menu prepared by the worlds best. Once you choose a restaurant all you have to do is call them for a reservation and tell them you would like the Nevada Restaurant Week menu. You can take a look at each menu from the link above to better narrow down your choices. Bon Appitie !!

Bledsoe Family Winery Opens Its Walla Walla Winery At The Box Factory Location.

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