The Trouble with Wine “Super” Stores

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      WBC14: Bridlewood Estate Excursion

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      2012 Matchbook The Arsonist

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      2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

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      2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

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      2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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      2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

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