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by Richard T r i m p i
December 11th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 12-9-18
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Wine Impressions 12-9-18

I recently tried and failed to convince a NYC friend that Pierre Paillard makes good Champagne. Agree on Saxxum. Marcassin for $25! Fascinating Swan. A plug for Grivot Beaux Monts. I try to steer clear of Dominique Laurent. Voillot, often overlooked. I very much enjoy your "impressions".

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by Richard T r i m p i
December 10th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 65
Views: 2292

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

I've had some Montevertine Pergole Torte and Castellare that I thought were gorgeous. Some Monsanto and Felsina examples too. I don't typically buy Chianti for "excitement". It pairs beautifully with lots of foods and the QPR is pretty outstanding IMHO. Clearly YMMV. Kind of surprised there's no Bob...
by Richard T r i m p i
December 5th, 2018, 6:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

You'll want the TGV exit north of the Sheraton, for hotel shuttles. Take the elevator up to level/niveau 5 from the TGV . There're taxis and hotel shuttles. I'd recommend calling for a Marriott pickup. From Paris, I prefer the RER to Terminal 2 Roissypole-Gare station, just north of there....an easy...
by Richard T r i m p i
November 21st, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions from La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 10
Views: 776

Re: Impressions from La Fete du Champagne

Nice seeing you at the event Jay. We'll agree to disagree about Pierre Paillard....who admittedly charmed me, pointing directly to his Maillerettes and Mottelettes (say that 3x fast). Didn't try his other offerings. We agree on Bereche. Always a fan of the Drapper NV Rose and I enjoyed the 2008 Gran...
by Richard T r i m p i
November 14th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9818
Views: 436589

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 C&P Breton Nuits D'Ivresse 2016 La Grange Tiphaine, Clef de Sol Rouge, noticed it on a P.Lepeltier list a few years ago and it's been a consistent performer. 2016 La Grange Tiphaine, Cot VV 2016 Vincent Gaudry, Vincentgetorix, Sancerre Rouge 2017 Christian Venier, Le Clos des Carteries, Chevern...
by Richard T r i m p i
November 13th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs on wine
Replies: 18
Views: 522

Re: Tariffs on wine

If you go back to my post above, the bulk wine/grocery store level wines market is France goes way beyond "we have enough" and "we like to drink local." There is so much overrun it's been turned into useable fuel for years. And, IIRC, even domestic acts of vandalism (wine terrorism?) to destroy som...
by Richard T r i m p i
November 6th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9818
Views: 436589

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jay Miller wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 8:23 am
2014 F. Cotat Sancerre Rose
2004 Levet Chavaroche
2004 Levet Journaries
Yes, I know. Buying hiatus, yadda, yadda...
There's another Jay Miller in the Cellar Reduction Plan thread who seems to want to get rid of wine. You two should hook up. [wink.gif]

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by Richard T r i m p i
November 3rd, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

MitchTallan wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 9:16 pm
.... we rode pedestrian bikes every day and dreamed of Schwinn Paramounts
It's been almost 50 years and I still dream of those Schwinn Paramounts.

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by Richard T r i m p i
November 1st, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Beaujolais makes me happy
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: TN: Beaujolais makes me happy

There's a lot to be said for straightforward enjoyable daily drinking wines, especially those with an emotional connection. We probably go through 2 - 4 bottles of Beaujolais/month. You've reminded me that the "drink now" supply is running low so it's time to keep an eye open.

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 31st, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Maybe someday. Whenever I hear about a Marc Tarlov project, I have an urge to put my wallet in the front pants pocket and keep one hand on it. His dreams of Evening Land price escalation fell to earth pretty fast. Maybe Chapter 24 has taken off? This venture too?. You'll never know unless you try. I...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 30th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

paying $100-$200 for Oregon wine baffles me when there's SO much better wines elsewhere for that price. I think this is the crux of the matter. My perception is that Bill Sweeney started this thread asking about $100+ Oregon Pinots with the expectation that they'd be the best. There's a not insigni...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 29th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Gordon Fitz wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 11:25 am
Brickhouse makes the best OR gamay hands down!
Maybe true of old...and no slight to Doug or his abilities. I recently consumed a few bottles from Vincent (Vincent Fritzsche) and they were excellent and on par. Belle Pente does a very nice Gamay Noir. I'm sure there are others.

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 29th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Jim, as you know, comparisons between Burgundy and OR are tricky, sometimes appropriate...sometimes not. Many $300 and $400 Burgs today could've been found for $120 - $150 not all that long ago. It was demand and scarcity that shot up the price...not a change in quality IMHO. So, in a somewhat twist...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 29th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Burgundy with Rib Eye
Replies: 41
Views: 1751

Re: Pairing Burgundy with Rib Eye

For ribeye I'd probably go Northern Rhone, Bandol, Bordeaux or Brunello. Barolo from a tannic vintage is a good call too. Hard to disagree Doug. Don't forget the Chianti and Steak Fiorentina pairing. A village Burg might struggle to pair well, but I like the Jadot 1er suggestions that Mark made: Ru...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 29th, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4194

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

As a lay consumer, my perspective is that fine wine prices are driven by a strange and difficult-to-predict correlation between marketing, demand, scarcity and perceived quality. Demand for Burgundy has caused prices to escalate to the point that I've virtually stopped buying all the wines I used to...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 26th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

I live within a few miles of the epicenter. Hope is not going to stop this critter. They reproduce in the millions and they're on the way. CT and Mass should have a few years to go unless some are accidentally transported. They're reportedly quite a potential problem for orchards and vineyards, espe...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 26th, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1137

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

I guess your sh*t does not smell. Howard, my sh*t is as smelly as anyone's. I prefer to manage my sh*t in a sanitary manner and relatively privately. When people deposit 7000+ sh*ts in a limited area, over the same few hours with inadequate infrastructure....that's when things can become unpleasant...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 25th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Well...hopefully they can keep the tradition going. About 10 years ago, there was a restaurant in Saint-Ouen with Coche on the list. Not cheap, but available. Food was also "ok". I made it there twice. Sadly, Le Coq de la Maison Blanche is no more.

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 24th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: 2017 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay

Greg, pretty sure the secret is out. They're almost always impressive!

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: 2017 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay

Thanks for the update Rick. Hoping for good things from 2017.

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2487

Re: Wines you drink the most of

These days.... NV Bereche Champagne Brut Reserve Jo Landron Amphibolite Muscadet Pepiere Clos des Briords Muscadet Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc Muri-Gries Lagrein Rosato C&P Breton Nuits D'Ivresse Bourgueil Vincent Gaudry Vincentgetorix Sancerre Rouge Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Montesecondo ...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Not familiar with Issy les Moulineaux but I recently biked through part of it...crossing the Pont de Billancourt after descending from the Foret de Meudon. Also checked out some of neighboring Malakoff which seemed like another nice banlieue. There's so much to see downtown for the first several vis...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Looked familiar. https://i.imgur.com/Yhm2hTM.jpg?2 Last October while my nephews were roller skating on the rink behind me. Andrew did you work at La Defense? Yes, the Metro 1 line is very fast and direct from downtown. Amazing how easy/fast the RER A is too if you're looking to cross the entire Cit...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 6:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Interesting Andrew. La Defense will be cold and likely windy in Feb. There's not all that much to see once you're there besides tall/modern buildings, a lot of concrete and the Grande Arche. If they want a chilly view, I'd recommend the top of the Tour Montparnasse - 360 degree panorama. I've become...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 23rd, 2018, 6:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1137

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

I visited retired friends on Key West this past Winter. First time there. 2 Cruise Ships landed. My friends are fairly insulated, living on the opposite side of the island. The west side was insanity. 30 minute line to take a photo at the southernmost point buoy?

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 22nd, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1137

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Brig, Florence can be pretty darned nice in April. Went there in February and the crowds were minimal. No problem with tourist sites or museums. And the Arno is navigable? [wink.gif] Interesting NY Times piece on " over-tourism in Europe " “At the end, this story is just a numbers problem,” Mr. Tour...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 22nd, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1174

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

dcornutt wrote:
October 19th, 2018, 6:53 pm
This place ROCKS!!!!!
Cheers Don. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 22nd, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...
Replies: 21
Views: 1556

Re: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...

My wife and I drink "cheap, everyday" wine pretty much every day....$15 - $35/bottle. There's an ocean of mediocrity in that price range (pretty much every price range, actually) but we've found many dozens of various bottlings to fit the bill over the past decade. They're rarely profound, but often...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 17th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1174

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

National dish of Singapore? The flavors are subtle, except for the hot sauce. Bought some here a few years ago...

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 12th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Michel...I like your idea....If a day (or 2 day) trip is part of the deal. I just did Gare de Lyon to Barcelona. It's a wasted day each way of 7+ hours....but Paris to Valence is < 2.5 hours. Not much infrastructure at the SNCF Valence station IIRC...but you're < 10 miles from Cornas and other North...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 12th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Victor...in February?

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by Richard T r i m p i
October 12th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Damnit, now everyone's going to go and ruin it. I am planning my February visit as well and this is on my short list of places to go to. Especially on a Sunday. champagne.gif This made me giggle. Paris has a lot of amazing dining options...but my Brother-in-Law, currently living there, isn't a culi...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 10th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.
Replies: 166
Views: 7539

Re: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.

2015 Julie Balagny Moulin a Vent Mamouth 2016 Yvonn Metras Fleurie Printemps There's something deceptively joyful about the unpretentious Metras Printemps. One of my favs and easy to overlook because of its weight/style. Not sure Julie has picked up his je ne sais quoi...yet. She's still young (IIR...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 10th, 2018, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.
Replies: 166
Views: 7539

Re: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.

2017 Jo Landron Muscadet Amphibolite 2007 Domaine de la Pepiere, Muscadet Clos des Briords 2017 Domaine de la Pepiere, Muscadet Clos des Briords 2017 Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose 2016 Vincent Gamay Oregon 2016 Vincent Gaudry Vincentgetorix Sancerre Rouge 2015 Vincent Bjornson Pinot Noir Oregon 2002 ...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 5th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

The cellars are always cold. The difference I assume would be that in January or February the outside also would be cold (never been in January or February so have only a limited ability to comment. In January, the cellars almost feel warm compared to outside. You'll want/need layers. The cold seem...
by Richard T r i m p i
October 1st, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion
Replies: 26
Views: 634

Re: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion

I've rotated a few more 2005s in to the on-deck circle. Hoping that the batting average improves.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 28th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than OK wine list
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: Better than OK wine list

Over the years, looking at most restaurant wine lists depresses me....which is not how I want to feel when going out to dinner. My expectations start near rock bottom and a quick scan usually leads me to beer and/or liquor. There are few exceptions and I usually have to know in advance about the lis...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 28th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion
Replies: 26
Views: 634

Re: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion

The Sanctus has a shot at improvement IMHO. The La Confession....my better half, much to my surprise, seemed to enjoy it....so I won't categorically rule it out. The Faugeres is already port-like, more so on day 2. I don't see how it makes a comeback. Without any prompting (I wasn't home and hadn't ...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 27th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Stayed at the Hotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche in the 6e in January maybe 10 years ago. Still appears to be a good QPR for downtown. Close to lots of options. Relais Christine might be a bit closer (down the hill) rather than near the Jardin Luxembourg.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 26th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion
Replies: 26
Views: 634

Re: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion

Now you tell me.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 26th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion
Replies: 26
Views: 634

Re: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion

Just popped the 2005 Faugeres St. Emilion tonight. High toned, acetates not quite nail polish. Quite ripe, sweet jammy and almost pruney. 14.5% alcohol. Maybe this style sells, but I'm not sharing the love.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 26th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion
Replies: 26
Views: 634

TN: 2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion

2005 Chateau La Confession, St. Emilion I'm the wrong guy for this wine. It's ripe (not hot) and comes off sweet. I noticed some pencil/graphite through the dominant dark and blueberry fruit smoothie...but that's about it. Fairly chewy (extraction). The attack starts with a trace of shyness and the...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Less likely to encounter this in February. A good guide can really make the experience.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

May try to do Versailles, despite the gardens being mostly closed. Versailles is worthwhile, even the indoors...which can take most of a day. The gardens are fantastic and I'd really recommend touring them in nice weather. Just did a 4+ hour cycling tour and only covered half of the gardens (includ...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2053

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

February will likely be cold and grey with some rain. Worth it? I love less touristy times of year. You're a Chicagoan aren't you? It won't be that cold. To be central to the action, you probably can't beat recommendations for the 6e and Marais. My Sis lives out near La Defense. Don't stay out there...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurants in Barcelona
Replies: 21
Views: 1227

Re: Restaurants in Barcelona

Just spent 2 nights in Barcelona with casual Tapas meals. First was Viblioteca in the Gracia district. A bit north of the tourist-iest areas: Carrer Vallfogona 12. Small with a modern décor. The place is run by women with lots of female patrons. Not too many Y chromosomes, even among the guests. Lim...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Bizarre isn't it? Maybe my palate's Parkerizing.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 24th, 2018, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Arv, it depends on expectations. Mine were low and were exceeded. It's tasty, pleasing and assertive. You won't be happy if you're looking for restrained and elegant.

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by Richard T r i m p i
September 23rd, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Opened this wine tonight expecting to dislike it. The OWC had been sleeping in the cellar since the futures delivery. The cork split in half, disintegrated and most of the pieces took the plunge. Perhaps the filtering and double decanting was all for the good. There's still a ton of structure and no...
by Richard T r i m p i
September 23rd, 2018, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Mas Foraster Conca de Barberà Josep Foraster (Trepat grape)
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: TN: 2012 Mas Foraster Conca de Barberà Josep Foraster (Trepat grape)

Just picked up a younger 2016 of this from Vinoteca in Barcelona (excellent shop). Looking forward to the exploration. Apparently the grape was widespread prior to Phylloxera. Tiny production now but reportedly increasing.

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