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Maryland Wine in the News


12/20/14

The Washington Post:

A taste test of old Maryland wines

“There will never be another tasting like this,” Al Spoler said by way of introduction. “This cannot be repeated.” That’s because many of the wines on the table before us were the last of their kind. Spoler, host of Cellar Notes on... read more >


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05/28/14

Southern Maryland Newspapers:

Wineries in St. Mary’s hope for fruitful season

Charles Beaver walked row to row through his Avenue vineyard. If he covered each one, it would total about 18 miles. His parents and grandparents worked that farm, grew and canned vegetables there, and his grandmother even made a bit of plum, pear and dandelion wine... read more >


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12/23/13

The Baltimore Sun:

Toasting Maryland's bubblies: Ring in the new year with locally made sparkling wines

Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations. With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has a lot to offer.... read more >


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10/27/13

Havre de Grace Patch:

Swan Harbor Hosts First Annual Harvest Wine Event

The Maryland Wineries Association hosted its final event of the season and its first soiree in Harford County Saturday in Havre de Grace. Despite an autumn chill in the air, organizers said they thought Harvest at Swan Harbor Farm was a success. The... read more >


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10/19/13

Delmarva Now:

A wine time had by all at Autumn Wine Festival

SALISBURY — Wineries and restaurants from throughout the region gathered inside Pemberton Historical Park on Saturday to celebrate the Autumn Wine Festival. While rain fell, tasters huddled beneath tents covering 20 wineries and sampled wines ranging from dry reds... read more >


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10/18/13

Carroll County Times:

The Tipple: In our own backyard, reflections on the Maryland Wine Festival

The clouds threatened early on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Maryland Wine Festival, the wind picking up around noon to ruffle canopies, banners and picnic blankets and for a moment, it looked as though everyone would soon be crowded under one winery’s tasting tent or... read more >


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09/20/13

WBALTV:

Maryland Wine Festival takes place in Westminster

The 30th anniversary of the Maryland Wine festival is this weekend at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. The two-day event will draw wineries from all over the state. It was a strong finish for grape-growing season at the Basignani Vineyard in Baltimore... read more >


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09/20/13

WBAL:

Many Heading to Maryland Wine Festival This Weekend

Maryland's wine indistry is in the spotlight in Westminster this weekend, as the 30th annual Maryland Wine Festival takes place at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Officials say they expect the two-day event to draw people from 40 wineries from all over the state.... read more >


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09/17/13

Baltimore Sun:

Like/Dislike with Jade Ostner, Maryland Wineries' Association

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Wine Festival, but to Jade Ostner, there's even more reason to celebrate. "Maryland wine has blown up in the five years I've been involved in the industry," said Ostner, 26, the director of events at the... read more >


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07/23/13

Washington Post:

Boordy Vineyards wins 2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine competition

The revamped Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s oldest winery, took top honors at last weekend’s Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association competition, named Best of Show for its 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve. It was the second major award for Boordy’s first vintage... read more >


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03/14/13

Stuff Travel:

A Toast to the Winemakers

When tasting wine, connoisseurs hold their glasses up to the light to look at the wine's colour and clarity. I don't always know what I'm supposed to see, but at Naylor Wine Cellars in Pennsylvania, I held up my white wine and it was crystal . . . No. I have to say... read more >


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03/09/13

Patriot News:

Maryland's Slack Winery will release fourth sparkling wine

One trend regionally is the development of sparkling wines. J. Maki Winery has always been known best for those on this side of the Mason-Dixon, and Cygnus Wine Cellars carved out a similar niche (although not to the same extreme) in Maryland. But follow the emails... read more >


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02/20/13

Delmarva Now:

Wine Bar to Showcase Premier Vineyards

BERLIN — One of the state’s premier vineyards will be featured next week at the Maryland Wine Bar at Berlin. Deborah Everett’s Maryland Wine Bar will host Black Ankle Vineyards for a wine pairing on Feb. 26. “We’re very honored that the... read more >


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02/19/13

Washington Post:

Wine: Recommended Bottles of the Week

Here are some of my recommendations from "the other 47" that exemplify the exciting growth in American wine as captured by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy in their new book, "American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the... read more >


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02/15/13

Delmarva Now:

Shore Winery Goes Native

VIENNA — The latest addition to the Eastern Shore’s wine portfolio is a grape unknown even among many oenophiles but with a history steeped in mid-Atlantic tradition. Layton’s Chance Winery this week debuted its first vintage of Norton, becoming... read more >


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02/01/13

The Drinks Business:

Eastern Promise: East Coast Wines

The small wineries of USA’s eastern seaboard seem able to find success while bypassing the world of ratings, national publicity and even distribution networks. Roger Morris finds out how they do it. ALTHOUGH HIS small estate winery is only 12 years old, Anthony... read more >


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01/11/13

Baltimore City Paper:

In Cider Trading

Just a few weeks ago, I was at some holiday party of the not-very-interesting variety. Then a guest opened a bottle of cider they’d brought—Millstone Cellars’ Ciderberry blend—and things suddenly got very interesting. The clear, carnelian liquid... read more >


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11/30/12

Welcome to Maryland Wine Country:

Welcome to Woodhall Wine Cellars

Not everyone who drinks and enjoys Maryland wines knows that not all Maryland wines are all made strictly from Maryland-grown grapes. Happily, that’s not the case with Woodhall Wine Cellars, started in 1983 by Al Copp and Chris Lang at a time when there were not many... read more >


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11/27/12

Herald Mail:

New Winery Expected to Help Tourism

SMITHSBURG — On three acres of sloping Myersville gravelly loam, hundreds of young grape vines are maturing, waiting to yield their first harvest late next year. The ground near Smithsburg where the vineyard sits is, by soil composition, elevation, slope and climate,... read more >


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11/27/12

BMore Media:

New Magazine Toasts Maryland’s Wines

Susan Southard considers herself a wine aficionado. She belongs to the Tasters Guild of Maryland. She is a member of the Baltimore Wine Meetup. She attends wine festivals and treks the wine trails. Last month, the Baltimore resident added another credential to her wine... read more >


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11/26/12

Eldersburg Patch:

County, Chamber Applaud Carroll County Businesses

The Department of Economic Development and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently partnered to recognize successful and growing Carroll businesses.


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11/19/12

The Patriot News:

DrinkLocalWine.com pegs Maryland as its next destination

You can't blame the Maryland wine industry for being a bit giddy today. DrinkLocalWine.com announced earlier today that it will hold its fifth annual conference April 12-14, 2013, in Baltimore, focusing on Maryland wine. The state's wine industry is one of the fastest... read more >


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10/22/12

Washington Post:

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Highlighted in the Washington Post

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard was recently highlighted in the Washington Post in its "Worth the Drive 2012" feature. >>Read More


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09/05/12

Urbanite:

Our Grape State: Old-Line wine cures the end-of-summertime blues

by Clinton Macsherry Self-diagnosis suggests that the melancholia permeating my Septembers stems from childhood, specifically my rueful reentries into scholasticism. Summer doesn't technically end when the calendar flips from August, but don't try selling that to any... read more >


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08/17/12

Baltimore Sun:

Arundel's largest family farm seeks to join state's growing wine industry

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Polly Pittman clipped nets over the ripening grapes in the vineyard she hopes will ensure that one of Anne Arundel County's oldest family farms continues to have a future. "Basically, the McMansions start on the other side of these... read more >


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07/31/12

The Baltimore Sun:

Grapes, glass and art come together at Serpent Ridge Vineyard

Holly Hertsgaard had no idea what she would be painting when she arrived at Serpent Ridge Winery, in Westminster, for its first wine-glass painting class. As the evening progressed, a football field appeared on one glass; Camden Yards appeared on another. On her... read more >


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07/31/12

Carroll's wine industry on the rise

Wine lovers have long had the famous wine growing regions of Napa, California and Bordeaux, France on their oenological radar, but fewer have probably planned a wine getaway to Carroll County. Andrew Baker, owner of Old Westminster Winery, thinks that will change.... read more >


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07/30/12

Washington Post:

Maryland vineyards are up to the competition

Fred Wilson knew he had some winners even before the fruit from the 2010 harvest reached the winery at Elk Run Vineyards in Maryland’s Frederick County. The extremely hot, dry summer ripened the grapes a fortnight earlier than usual, and most of his wines were... read more >


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06/07/12

Mark Cascia Vineyards named best local wine in Annapolis Capital Gazette readers' poll

Mark Cascia Vineyards was named best local wine in the latest Annapolis Capital Gazette readers' poll. Other finalists included Boordy Vineyards and Black Ankle Vineyards.

05/15/12

Elk Run Vineyards Wins Awards1


04/24/12

Frederick News Post:

Local Vine No. 9

THURMONT -- Voytek Fizyta is not waiting until his grapes mature before beginning the process of turning the succulent treats into wine. While his grapes grow, Fizyta is using the oldest method to make wines at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont. Fizyta's... read more >


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11/06/11

PennLive:

For Maryland winery, everything smells good about Traminette

Morris Zwick of Terrapin Station Winery in northeastern Maryland makes a number of wines that he packages in a pouch and box. But the one he says that moves out of his Elkton location is his Traminette, a white that can range from dry to sweet but is usually... read more >


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10/26/11

Washington Post:

DIY winemaking around D.C. is a pricey barrel of fun

The crates of grapes were a tip-off that I had found the place. They were stacked outside a modest building at the end of a roughly paved one-lane road — the kind you drive hoping no one’s coming the other way — stretching through flat farmland off... read more >


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10/20/11

The Washington Post:

Gallery: Maryland wines ready for their close-ups

Maryland wines are feeling a resurgence as vineyards are changing the way they grow grapes and make wine. Boordy Vineyards owner Rob Deford walks along a line of Chambourcin grapes at the Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Md. The vineyard, which covers 20 acres on a... read more >


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10/19/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Vlogging takes center screen

Drew Baker isn’t waiting for Old Westminster Winery to bottle its first wines to generate buzz about his upstart vineyard. Baker is a vlogger. He uses his video blog — hence, the word vlog — to educate potential customers about his company. Hoping to... read more >


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10/16/11

Delmarva Now:

Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

SALISBURY — With seven more wineries to sample from this year, wine connoisseurs strolled into Pemberton Park on Saturday afternoon for the annual Autumn Wine Festival. Entering its ninth year, the festival followed past traditions by having food, wine and... read more >


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10/11/11

The Washington Post:

Maryland wines, ready for their close-ups

The vineyard on the outskirts of Burkittsville has stories to tell. “We’ve found musket balls here before, but never an arrowhead,” Rob Deford says as I examine the quartz relic his son Phineas has discovered in the vineyard on a sunny September... read more >


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10/11/11

The Washington Post:

Recommendations

Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor. Maryland wines are available primarily from their respective wineries and often are in short supply. Wines recommended here are... read more >


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08/12/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Database: Wineries shipping into Maryland

Napa Valley, meet Maryland. Since Maryland lawmakers made it legal earlier this year for wineries in and out of the state to ship wine to state homes, nearly 450 wineries have applied for or been approved for a direct shipping permit. Twenty three of... read more >


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06/08/11

The Dagger:

The Grapes of Havre de Grace: An Introduction

“We look at wine as food.” The words stuck with me as I walked down a grassy slope from the manor house to the vineyard below. The notion of wine as sustenance seemed ancient in origin, something you might read in the bible. The idea seemed as old as the... read more >


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05/23/11

Baltimore Sun:

Howard wine festival attendees cheer home shipment law

Jessica Klug of Pasadena and nine members of her all-girls wine club sat on blankets and folding chairs under the trees in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, 10 half-empty bottles of wine in front of them. "One each," she said... read more >


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05/20/11

Columbia Patch:

Wine in the Woods: A Columbia Wine Connoisseur''s Thoughts, Tips

This weekend in downtown Columbia, Symphony Woods will play host to Wine in the Woods, organized by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is the Maryland Wine Association’s flagship spring festival and one of the largest on the East Coast,... read more >


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05/20/11

Washington Post:

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley signs bill to increase alcohol tax by 50 percent

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed legislation that will raise Maryland’s sales tax on alcohol by 50 percent in July. O’Malley signed the bill Thursday in Annapolis. The sales tax on alcohol will rise from 6 percent to 9 percent.... read more >


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05/15/11

Hagerstown Herald-Mail:

Heard through the grapevine: More wine growth ahead in Washington County

ROHRERSVILLE— Plants are in the ground for Washington County's next vineyard. J. Randall Thompson, president and CEO of ThompsonGas, has started a vineyard and wine-making business called Big Cork at his family farm in Rohrersville in southern Washington County.... read more >


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05/04/11

Howard County Times:

Wineries get approval to set up shop in Howard county

As the county's popular annual May event, Wine in the Woods, approaches, wine lovers have one more thing to be excited about: Wineries can now set up shop in Howard County. The County Council unanimously passed a bill Monday that amends the county's zoning regulations... read more >


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04/27/11

Arbutus Times :

Customers may find wine at farmers'' markets

Want a bottle of Maryland wine to go with the fresh vegetables and locally raised meats you buy at an area farmers' market? Local markets hope to fulfill that wish this season after passage of legislation by the Maryland General Assembly to allow wineries to join other... read more >


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04/18/11

Frederick News-Post:

Tornado touches down near Mount Airy

A tornado touched down on Glissans Mill Road near Mount Airy Saturday evening, uprooting trees and destroying several roofs at a winery. No injuries were reported. Anthony Aellen, president and winemaker at Linganore Winecellars, said he noticed uprooted trees and... read more >


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04/05/11

Baltimore Sun:

Wineries vote delayed a month by Howard County Council

Anyone thirsting for a Howard County winery tour will have to wait at least one more month to begin planning. Legislation to allow wineries in Howard County was tabled Monday night by the Howard County Council, the second consecutive year that the Ulman... read more >


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04/02/11

Elkridge Patch:

Maryland''s Wine Industry Goes Digital

Gov. Martin O'Malley said he will sign the legislation, which allows direct wine shipping from Maryland wineries. The wine industry is moving into the Internet age with the Maryland General Assembly passing a bill that will allow wineries to ship straight to... read more >


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03/25/11

Baltimore Sun:

Maryland Lawmakers Uncork Changes to Alcohol Laws

Wineries across the state — and country — soon might be permitted to ship bottles directly to Maryland homes. Shoppers could pick up local wines at more farmers' markets. And diners might one day be able to bring their favorite vintage to an already licensed... read more >


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03/22/11

Baltimore Sun:

Wine consumers may soon receive home deliveries

A proposal to allow Maryland wine drinkers to get bottles shipped directly to their homes has won the approval of two key legislative committees. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee both voted... read more >


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03/17/11

PennLive.com:

Pinotage being grown a long, long way from home

Pinotage in Maryland? The grape with deep roots in South Africa is sitting in Woodhall Wine Cellars' aging area in Parkton, Md., with a bottling scheduled for sometime this summer. It isn’t much -- around 530 pounds, which translates to between 13 and 14... read more >


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03/11/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Jewish community backs Md. direct wine shipping bill Access to more kosher wines fuels their interest

Maryland Jews are letting legislators know it’s not just wine connoisseurs who want wines shipped to their homes. Fed up with the limited number of kosher wines available in the state, proponents of changing the state’s wine laws say they no longer want to... read more >


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Maryland vintners await OK to ship straight to customers
03/10/11

Towson Times:

Maryland vintners await OK to ship straight to customers

Robert Deford, owner of Boordy Vineyards, in Hydes, is hoping that after 30 years, 2011 proves to be a vintage year for legislation that would allow Maryland wineries to ship products to customers through the mail.


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03/06/11

Severn Patch:

Maryland Wineries Hopeful As Legislature Takes on Direct Shipping

Passage of two bills could make shipping wine to customers in Maryland legal for the first time since a ban prohibited direct shipping in 1933.


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02/11/11

The Capital; Annapolis:

Debate over direct wine shipping causing sour grapes

By Liam Farrell Wine connoisseurs could get a reason to toast the General Assembly this session, but the victory could have a sour aftertaste. Although there is plenty of support in both chambers this year to allow the direct shipment of wine to Maryland consumers,... read more >


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02/07/11

Washington Post:

Md.''s wine shipment laws create smuggling routes from D.C. and Va.

To find that rare California cabernet or New York Riesling, wine aficionados in the Maryland suburbs of Washington are routinely, and in many cases unknowingly, breaking state law to get around rules that restrict residents from having wine shipped to their homes.... read more >


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02/01/11

Baltimore Sun:

Table Talk: Drovers Grill gives support to Maryland wines– The new Mount Airy restaurant exclusively serves wines from its home state

By Richard Gorelick Drovers Grill & Wine Co. opened in early November in Mount Airy, about two-thirds of the way to Frederick from Baltimore. Located at a historic Maryland crossroads, Drovers occupies a fairly plain-looking structure that was most recently the... read more >


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01/31/11

The Washington Post:

Wine shipment bill has support from majority of Maryland lawmakers

By Ann E. Marimow Maryland wine lovers may soon rejoice. Legislation that would allow state residents to order bottles of their favorite pinot noir and chardonnay directly to their homes this year has broad bipartisan support from a majority of lawmakers, including... read more >


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12/21/10

Washington Post:

Will Maryland wine drinkers get a break?

Next year is the year, advocates have promised, that Maryland residents will be given permission to order wine from wineries and have it shipped directly to their homes. This is legislation that has been long stymied in the state Assembly by wholesalers determined to... read more >


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11/22/10

Maryland Reporter:

Hospitality Industry Says “Dime a Drink” Tax Hike Could Be Devastating

Despite the deceptively simple catch phrase, bars, restaurants, wineries and alcohol wholesalers think that the "dime-a-drink" proposal to increase the state tax rate on alcoholic beverages will cost them a lot more. "They can call it 10 cents a drink. I... read more >


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Vineyard hopping, in Maryland?
09/02/10

New York Times:

Vineyard hopping, in Maryland?

ON a recent warm summer evening, well over a thousand people packed the lawns at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Md. Families tucked into picnics, toddlers ran freely, and couples and singles danced on the makeshift floor to a swing band pumping out oldies. But the main... read more >


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