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You know times are tough when fine dining restaurants discount wines to the point of looking like a misprint: "On a recent visit to Napa's La Toque, which I regard as one of the finest restaurants in the Napa Valley, I spotted a 10-year-old Chapoutier Hermitage listed at a remarkably low price. I asked the sommelier why the price was so attractive, thinking perhaps the bottles had been damaged. No, he assured me, the bottles were fine. 'I think it's a mistake,' he said." [Union-Trib]

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