WBC Scholarship Wine Club – May Selections

Spring!  It’s official!  Though it’s hard to tell given the confused weather here in California, it is indeed Spring, and with that comes the Spring WBC Wine Club Shipment.

Arriving in mid-May, this shipment is sure to tickle your tastebuds with some great small production wines.

Not a member of the wine club yet?  Here’s the scoop!

  • 3 boutique, hand crafted, hand selected wines a quarter
  • 4 shipments a year in February, May, August, and November
  • $99 per shipment (that’s just a little more than $1 a day for some scrumptious wines you probably can’t find anywhere else!

  • Drink for charity!  For each new wine club member, we are one step closer to funding a blogger / content creator in attending the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference this fall.  Fifty percent of the profits from each shipment are donated to the scholarship so it really si #drinkingforcharity.

 

  • Virtual tastings of select wines will occur frequently online, allowing to hear directly from the winemakers, and like-minded wine lovers who are enjoying the wine!

And now to the May wines:

 

Paix Sur Terre 2016 Kiler Grove Vineyard Ugni Blanc

Ugni Blanc is a rare grape in the New World. but is a workhorse white in the Old World where it is also known as Trebbiano.  It is important in Cognac and Armagnac production, and is often used in large production wines in Italy.

Jumping across the pond to Paso Robles, Paix Sur Terre harvested a bountiful crop, which is good news for the cult following of this wine.  Typical of this varietal, the wine has tons of mineral tension, taut acidity and lots of refreshing citrus notes. Picked on September 10th at 22.8 brix, the fruit was whole cluster pressed to tank, chilled to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and racked into stainless Muellers.  All barrel fermented with Champagne yeast, the Ugni Blanc was aged in 100% stainless steel barrel giving it a fresh and fruity finish.

 

Kita 2013 “Spe’y” Central Coast Red Blend

Founded in 2010, Kitá Wines is a small, premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The word “Kitá” means “Our Valley Oak” in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala.  Camp 4 Vineyards, the estate vineyard, once owned by Fess Parker, was purchased by the Santa Inez Band of Chumash Indians and the winery was founded.

Winemaker Tara Gomez, a member of the Chumash Band, always loved wine and received a scholarship from the Chumash to study enology at Fresno State.  Gaining hands on experience at Fess Parker during her studies, she was one of two female enologists to graduate in 1998.  Continuing her work at Fess Parker after graduation, and honed her skills both locally and internationally.

When the Chumash purchased the property, Tara returned to her roots at Kita, focusing on sustainable methods and a blend of old world and new world winemaking techniques.

This wine’s name means “Flower” in the Native language of Samala. This Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane highlight the beauty of these varietals. A deep colored wine that is bursting with exuberant freshness and complexity with aromas of violet, blueberries, and cherries are accompanied by hints of coffee and cinnamon. The palate is full-bodied, yet balanced with traces of spice, blueberries, and rose petals. The acidity in the wine emphasizes the balance of dense tannins to its elegant long finish.

 

Nobelle 2013 Paso Robles Carmenère

Carmenère, originally hailing from Bordeaux, is a member of the Cabernet family and means “crimson”; it was used to produce deep red wines and often for blending instead of Petite Verdot.  In fact, Carmenère was originally thought to be Merlot in plantings in Chile!

Grown in VERY small quantities here in Califrornia, Colbert in San Miguel is one of the only vineyards to carry the varietal in the region. Carmenère always ripens late; mid-October to mid-November is the usual picking time. The leaves turn black in fall, which is very surprising and rare! 100% Carmenère. The fruit came cleanly to the winery and right after crushing (less than 24 hours later) we inoculated the batch with classic Bordeaux yeast. After press we moved the wine to a Le Roi pungeon where it aged for 24 months. 76 cases produced.This varietal has a light and delicate perfume. The density of the wine is very interesting, a lot of weight, followed by long and smooth spice. It will go perfectly with a rack of lamb with rosemary or similar, the simpler the better!

 

Be sure to sign up my May 1st if you’re not yet a member so you don’t miss out on these fabulous wines!

 

Donor Profile: Rodney Strong Vineyards

rodney-strong-logo-white-background-hi-res (1)For the ninth straight year, Rodney Strong Vineyards continues its support of the wine blogging community via the Wine Bloggers Scholarship Fund.  Specifically, Rodney Strong sponsors the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship, which assists up-and-coming bloggers that display quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit in their work.

This year, Rodney Strong has gone above and beyond, in supporting the Rodney Strong Scholarship but also by supporting #winelovers against cancer and providing a supplemental scholarship grant via their sponsorship of 100% natural recycled cotton canvas swag bags.  Cancer is close to Chris’ heart, and we are thrilled to have his support this year.

Be sure to stop by the Scholarship booth at Friday’s Expo Lunch and pick up bag, complete with Rodney Strong swag!  If you want to augment your experience, a donation to the scholarship will also provide you with a loaded bag full of fun WBC goodies you are sure to enjoy for years to come.  Stay tuned for more fun from Rodney Strong at #wbc16!13709760_10153849632148434_6689562739989999957_n

Amanda Barnes, of Around the World in 80 Harvests, is the recipient of the 2016 Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.  Last year, Matt McGinnis was the inaugural recipient of this very special grant.

Founded over 50 years ago, Rodney Strong Vineyards is a family owned winery that grows and produces wines exclusively from Sonoma County grapes. The winery was the 13th bonded winery in the country, and it aspires to conserve and protect the environment through sustainable practices, solar power, and fish friendly farming.

This year, Chris O’Gorman, newly appointment Director of Communications for Rodney Strong, will be representing the winery in Lodi. Be sure to say hello to Chris and the Rodney Strong team!

“I’m super excited to attend my first WBC, meet new and established digital influencers, and attend the fun excursions and seminars,” says Gorman.  “I’m sure this will be the first of many!”

We are excited to have your continued support, and look forward to seeing you in Lodi!

Connect with Rodney Strong Vineyards:

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Corporate Donor: Cornerstone Cellars

I have been fortunate enough to know Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars since the first Wine Bloggers Conference in 2008.  Cornerstone has now branched out in to Oregon, and with Craig’s direction has created wines that are distinctly terroir driven, and represent the best of class for the vineyard selection.  Along with Cornerstone Rocks!  A fun quirky label that plays with blends, Cornerstone Napa and Oregon have something for everyone!

Craig Camp is a veteran fine wine professional with more than three decades of experience in every facet of the industry including importing, exporting, distribution, marketing, sales and production.  Joining Cornerstone in 2009, he has been a stalwart blogging supporter and still maintains his own blog about wine, the industry and Napa Valley, The Wine Camp Blog.One of the most influential social butterflies in the wine indsutry, we look forward to tasting, tweeting, and enjoying the Finger Lakes with Craig!  One of the few “Veterans” of each and every Wine Bloggers Conference, his unwavering dedication and support is appreciated beyond words.Thank you for your continuing support!

Stop by and say hi to Craig at:

Twitter:  CraigCamp

Facebook:  CraigCamp

And Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley at:

Twitter:  CornerstoneNapa 

Facebook:  CornerstoneNapa

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Vineyard, Vintage and Variety

 

 

 

Corporate Donor: Protocol Wine Studio

protocol wine studio Protocol Wine Studio is a team of sommeliers and professionals who are dedicated to the wine trade and all those who support it.  Protocol’s goal is to explore expanding dimensions of the wine world to evolve concepts in wine sales and education.
To this end, every Tuesday, Protocol Wine Studio leads #WineStudio, a twitter chat, that focuses on one brand or region every month.  Recently, participants have been exploring the Montes Wine portfolio, in a deep dive with winemakers and Montes team members, via Skype and twitter.  The best part about this, is that WBC15 participants will get to taste these wonderful wines as Montes is a WBC Sponsor as well, showcasing the “Wine Across the Andes” discovery tasting session.

Protocol Wine Studio’s philosophy centers around a cultural aesthetic where wine gently glitters from the background and becomes part of a complete social experience—a journey of wine awareness.  Recognizing that each bottle is a potentially unbelievable experience, their capacity to share social experiences is at the core of what wine truly promises.

We salute you for your social engagement, blogger outreach, and general awesomeness, and thank you for support wine bloggers!
Stop by and join #winestudio on Tuesdays (check schedule here)

Visit Protocol’s website

Join the Facebook Group

 

Corporate Sponsor: Ferrer Family Wines

Hats off to our newest scholarship sponsor: Ferrer Family Wines! Part of The Freixenet Group, Ferrer Family Wines represents artisanal, small-production wines of Spain crafted in-house by winemakers with deep roots in their respective regions. Honoring a commitment to winegrowing that dates back to 16th century Spain, the Ferrers were one of the first Spanish families to embrace the global marketplace, with ties to the first wine importers to the former Spanish colonies in the Americas.

Logo Gold ShiningFor over 150 years, the Ferrer family has been making wine in their native Spain and bringing that knowledge on their worldwide adventures, including travelling through 1920s Europe in a bottle car. It all began when the youngest son of La Freixeneda, Pere Ferrer Bosch or El Freixenet, married Dolors Sala Vivé, the only daughter of the Sala family. The Salas had been making wine at their Casa Sala property since 1861, and Dolors’ keen interest in the process was easily complemented by Pere’s business savvy and community involvement. Over the generations, the Ferrer family continued to broaden its horizons by investing in Spain’s classic winemaking regions,including Penedes, Priorat, Montsant, Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas.

From its operations at Segura Viudas, with its XI Century watch tower, vineyard bird blinds, ceramic fermenting tanks and advanced technology bottling facility, to its terraced vineyards of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes high in Priorat, Ferrer Family Wines, formerly The Heredad Collection, shows a respect for history and tradition, and a commitment to quality and innovation. With a foothold firmly planted in the rich soils of Spain, the Ferrer family’s vision lay well beyond their backyard. They have consistently focused on the global market and looked toward the future in spreading the word of their wines to the global consumer.

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As a corporate sponsor for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference Scholarship, the Ferrer Family seeks to introduce bloggers to their newest wines Paramus Verdejo from D.O. Rueda and Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva D.O. Cava, as well as their Bodegas Solar Viejo VAZA, a modern take on a classic Rioja.

“It’s a privilege for Ferrer Family Wines to participate in the Wine Bloggers Conference this year as a scholarship sponsor,” said Josep Ferrer, Brand Manager at Freixenet USA and fourth generation Ferrer family member. “Bloggers shape the landscape of wine today and serve as an excellent barometer for current tastes and trends.”

Be sure to stop by the scholarship table for information on these wines, as well as an opportunity to purchase your very own souvenir Paramus glass (proceeds go to the WBC Scholarship Fund). The glass is great for tasting wines during the conference as well as the perfect keepsake to remind you of this year’s WBC! For more information on Ferrer Family Wines, visit their website, here.

Corporate Donor: Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship!

Rodney Strong Vineyards
The wine business has always been about relationships.  Over the last 8 years, as I have been to the Wine Bloggers Conference, Robert Larsen of Rodney Strong Vineyards has shown this in spades.  Once again, in 2015, Rodney Strong has stepped up to the plate and continued to support the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund with the formation of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.

Rodney Strong has always been intimately involved with bloggers, and the Bloggers Conference, reaching out and building relationships that have lasted.  Through unique experiences, tastings, and great group events, Robert and his team have built social awareness through friendship and fun.  That’s the way to do social kids!  Did I mention that they throw great events?  I highly recommend that you stop by the winery if you are in Healdsburg, and check out some of the great options – like the newly opened Terrace, food some great food & wine treats.

11401312_10204831286477434_5110769601301197844_nThis year, the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship is specifically aimed at a blogger who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.  This year, that award goes to Matt McGinnis of What Are You Drinking.  We all agree, that Matt is a rock star and we can’t wait to have him join us at his first Wine Bloggers Conference!

Laura PerretThis year, Robert is joined by Social Media Manager Laura Perret, who will be attending her first WBC!  Make sure you stop by and say hi to them both.  We are excited to have your continued support and look forward to mingling with you in the Finger Lakes!

 

 Look for Robert in Corning, or reach out to him on Twitter.
Laura can be found behind the @RSVineyards and @davisbynumwines handles, as well as her own Twitter handle.

 

Donor Profile: Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines

larryschafferLike many winemakers, Larry Schaffer studied viticulture and enology at UC Davis. Those that know Larry, know him in several different ways. He is a father, teacher, foodie, baker, often making us drool at his bread photo postings, garagiste of stellar Rhônes, and Larry is what some might call: Rhône to the bone!”  

Larry’s passion for Rhone varietals is expressed in his Los Olivos winery, Tercero and Rhône Ranger support. He is often seen at small “mom and pop” wine shops and events pouring wine from beakers. Yes, beakers. Like the ones in a science lab, and reason for his nickname as the “mad scientist.”

Anyone that meets Larry, or follows his Facebook postings, will likely tell you he appreciates a good dialog. Larry asks thought provoking questions, truly wants to engage, and hear people’s perspective. If you have not experienced his Mourvedre Rose, “Cuvee Christie” (GSM+), or other great wines, they are well worth seeking.

 Larry Shaffer is a true supporter of the SBC region, and as I compose this little piece on Larry, I consider him one of the good guys, and friend.

Editor’s Note:  Larry recently started the uber cool blog, Wine Verbiage, where he discusses everythign from what’s up in thePicture industry, to how to succeed in business by making really awesome wine, and what it means to be a blogger.  Go check ti out!  Stop by and see Larry on Twitter, and also at WBC where he will be pouring his wine and speaking on a panel.

Make Them Pay!

With only 63 days left until the 8th annual Wine Bloggers Conference convenes in Buellton, CA, we are still working to make our goal of getting as many wine bloggers there as possible through our Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund.  As always, there are too many applicants and not enough  funds, but through our Third Annual #MakeThemPay campaign, I hope to change that!


Formerly known as #MakeTomPay, this challenge grant was an idea born of a need for last minute donations to get those applicants approved and on their way to the WBC.  Now in it’s third year, the winning team of Tom Wark, of Fermentation, and Amy Anderson Gross, of Wine4.me have one again combined forces to really blow things out of the water!

Veteran of the wine industry, PR pro and blogger Tom Wark challenged us to raise as much money in the last week of applications as possible.  As such, he will match that donation up to $500.  So you know how this works, it’s a PBS Challenge Grant!  You give $50, he gives $50, and you get a groovy pledge gift (see awesome wine glasses).

But, there’s more!  Amy, who has now created a new wine app called Wine4Me, has challenged the challenge.  If we get our $500, and Tom gives his $500, Amy and Wine4Me will give us another $500!  So you see the new math here:  $500 = $1500.

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So now is the time!  If you were at all considering donating to the Scholarship, which by the way is a 501c tax deductible donation through our partner Enobytes, now is the time!  Triple the funding you can provide with #MakeThemPay!

This will be Amy’s third WBC, and the first as Wine4.Me.  This new app takes the guesswork out of buying wine, using objective characterization by industry-tested wine evaluators (including some of our very own wine bloggers), sensory science and a patent-pending personal preference algorithm..  There are literally hundreds of wine apps out there but I think this one might be something special.  I can’t wait to test it out myself!  Make sure you stop by and find Wine4.Me’s posse in Buellton.

Tom is a veteran of all 7 previous WBCs and is always a great conversationalist about the state of the industry.  the small group that has earned his Veteran badge ribbon.  We are down to 6 in this illustrious crew, and Tom is a great memeber of that team.  Make sure you ask him aobut how he feels about wine laws!

Donate today via this handy paypal link, and make sure add the memo “Make Them Pay up!” so we can keep track.  You can keep track of our progress with the handy thermometer on the right hand sidebar of the blog.

Thanks for your support!

Bring it people!

Editor’s Note:  At time of press, we have exceeded our highest exceptions.  We have already raised $720 since last night!  What do you say, can we make it $1000?

 

Layer Cake Wines Endows Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship

Layer Cake Wine Scholarship

Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge endows scholarship

for North American Wine Bloggers Conference

Napa, Calif. – May 30th, 2013 —  Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge has announced funding of the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship. This $5,000 annual endowment allows deserving recipients to attend the North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC). The WBC It is a three-day symposium which offers unique opportunities to learn about the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging and various types of social media.  The wine world is well represented at the Conference with attendees including noted wine bloggers, new media innovators, and leaders from the wine industry. 2013 marks the 3rd year of the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship.

The 6th Annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference will take place in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada from June 6 – 8 of 2013. It is held each year in a different location.   Previous sites for the Conference include the Napa wine valley, the SonomaCalifornia wine region, Walla Walla, Washington, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon.  This event is recognized as the premier gathering for members of new media and representatives of the wine industry.

“Telling the story of the vine is the life blood of the wine business,” notes Layer Cake winemaker and owner Jayson Woodbridge.  “We have such history. It needs to be passed to the next generation.  Wine lovers enjoy learning about their favorite labels.  These are incredible stories.  Wine bloggers and new media visionaries understand this.  It’s our pleasure to provide the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship and make these scholarship funds available for those aspiring to do justice to the stories of the wine world.”

“The generosity of Layer Cake Wines and Jayson Woodbridge will go a long way towards fostering the wine writing talents of scholarship winners,” offers Thea Dwelle, chairperson of the WBC Scholarship Committee.  “The Layer Cake Wine Scholarship will enable essential growth of new media within the wine community.  As the wine industry expands and flourishes, so must the outlets for wine writers.  Jayson and Layer Cake have a unique perspective and appreciation for the valuable role that social media, bloggers, and wine focused media play within the wine industry.  We are grateful for this vision.”

 Editor’s Note:  We are extremely fortunate to have a sponsor who believes in the power of digital media, as well as social meida.  Thank you Jayson for continuing to support us in our efforts!

About Jayson Woodbridge and Layer Cake Wine

Jayson Woodbridge is a critically acclaimed wine maker.  Known for his cult hit labels Hundred Acre and Cherry Pie, he began the Layer Cake wine series as a tribute to his grandfather, striving to make affordable wines with a luxurious taste. Jayson’s grandfather told him that wine was like his grandmother’s delicious layer cake: the layers of soils under the vines produce layers of rich flavors, aromatics, and textures in the wine.  Layers of chocolate, mocha, dark berry fruit, and spices found in the Layer Cake wines rival the layers of flavors complimenting his grandmother’s layer cake.  The Layer Cake name evokes the memory of something comforting, rich and delicious.

 

A unique wine brand with multiple country AVA’s, Layer Cake is handmade in some of Jayson Woodbridge’s favorite wine regions around the world. Woodbridge actually makes wine on 4 continents.  Each Layer Cake wine is crafted implementing the same small winery techniques and quality standards for which Jayson is well known.  Jayson and his winemaking team travel the globe to make all of his wines. They work with small family growers, rigorously selecting only the best fruit. Current Layer Cake wines include a Shiraz from Australia’s BarossaValley, a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, an old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, from Puglia, Italy, a California Central Coast Chardonnay, a California Cabernet Sauvignon, a Garnacha from Spain, and a Pinot Noir from California.

 

Visit www.LayerCakeWine.com

 

CONTACT:

The Laura Kirkham Agency

Laura Kirkham

760.565.2425

Laura@LauraKirkham.com

Layer Cake Endowment Year 2!

We are please to announce the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship is now it it’s second year.  This endowment makes it possible for us to sponsor bloggers who would not otherwise be able to attend the WBC and we are so pleased to have the support of Layer Cake Wines.

Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge has endowed a scholarship for the Wine Bloggers Conference.  This $5,000 annual endowment will allow deserving recipients to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC).  The WBC It is a three-day symposium which offers unique opportunities to learn about the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging and various types of social media. The wine world is well represented at the Conference with attendees including noted wine bloggers, new media innovators, and leaders from the wine industry.

The 5th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference will take place in Portland, Oregon from August 17th through the 19th, 2012.  It has previously been held in Sonoma, Napa, and Walla Walla, Washington and Charlottesville, Virginia.  In 2013, it will be held in Penticton, British Columbia.

This event is recognized as the premier gathering for members of new media and representatives of the wine industry at large.  “Telling the story of the vine is the life blood of the wine business,” notes Layer Cake winemaker and owner Jayson Woodbridge. “We have such history. It needs to be passed to the next generation. Wine lovers enjoy learning about their favorite labels. These are incredible stories. Wine bloggers and new media visionaries understand this. It’s our pleasure to establish the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship and make these scholarship funds available for those aspiring to do justice to the stories of the wine world.”

My absolute gratitude and thrill at this endowment sparked me to tell Laura Kirkham, who represents Layer Cake, that  “the generosity of Layer Cake Wines and Jayson Woodbridge will go a long way towards
fostering the wine writing talents of scholarship winners”.  This is so true, and never more so than now, the official kick off for this annual Layer Cake bonanza.  I further went on to say that the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship will enable essential growth of new media within the wine community.   As the wine industry expands and flourishes, so must the outlets for wine writers. Jayson and Layer Cake have a unique perspective and appreciation for the valuable role that social media, bloggers, and wine focused media play within the wine industry. We here at the WBC Scholarship are grateful for this vision.

I firmly believe that with this additional committmeent by Layer Cake that this Scholarship will grow more diverse and larger every year.

More about Jayson Woodbridge and Layer Cake Wine

Jayson Woodbridge is a critically acclaimed wine maker. Known for his cult hit labels Hundred Acre and Cherry Pie, he began the Layer Cake wine series as a tribute to his grandfather, striving to make affordable wines with a luxurious taste. Jayson’s grandfather told him that wine was like his grandmother’s delicious layer cake: the layers of soils under the vines produce layers of rich flavors, aromatics, and textures in the wine. Layers of chocolate, mocha, dark berry fruit, and spices found in the Layer Cake wines rival the layers of flavors complimenting his grandmother’s layer cake. The Layer Cake name evokes the memory of something comforting, rich and delicious.

A unique wine brand with multiple country AVA’s, Layer Cake is handmade in some of Jayson Woodbridge’s favorite wine regions around the world. Woodbridge actually makes wine on 4 continents. Each Layer Cake wine is crafted implementing the same small winery techniques and quality standards for which Jayson is well known. Jayson and his winemaking team travel the globe to make all of his wines. They work with small family growers, rigorously selecting only the best fruit. Current Layer Cake wines include a Shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley, a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, an old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, from Puglia, Italy, a California Central Coast Chardonnay, and a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visit www.LayerCakeWine.com | @layercakewine | Facebook:  Layer Cake Wines

About the 2011 North American Wine Bloggers Conference
The 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Portland, OR August 17-19, 2012.  The Conference is limited to 350 attendees and is currently sold out.  Wine bloggers, wine industry leaders, and numerous wine and social media professionals will gather from throughout North America and beyond to meet, learn, and share. Noted wine writer and authority Jancis Robinson (and now Eric Asimov!) will provide keynote addresses.
For more information visit: http://winebloggersconference.org

For more information about Layer Cake or Jayson Woodbridge, please contact Laura Kirkham of The Laura Kirkham Agency at 760.341.1410 | Laura@LauraKirkham.com

 

 

 

 

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