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Lady Liberty in Auction Top Ten

The campaign to reopen the Statue of Liberty received a boost on June 7, when eager bidding pushed the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars offering into the top ten lots at the 2004 Napa Valley Wine Auction.

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The Oak and the Vine

The association of wood and wine goes back a very long time. Herodotus recorded the use of wooden barrels as wine containers as early as seventh century B.C., and for most of wine’s history, barrels were the containers of choice for storage and transportation. Over time, winemakers began to also value barrels’ ability to change the taste of the wine inside. Oak barrels came to be favored for imbuing wine with tastes ranging from vanilla, spice, coffee, and caramel to cedar, smoke, and leather.

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