Spring & Summer Wine Courses 2015

World of Wines Course @ Lysses House Hotel

51 High Street Fareham Hampshire PO16 7BQ

Daria Kenefeck, who works at Fareham Wine Cellar, has taught a wine course in the local area for a number of years. There are three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course involves some wine education followed by a tasting. There are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and sometimes guest speakers.

The classes start at 7.00pm and finish at approximately 9.15pm. If you are interested in attending either the Spring or Summer course please contact Daria at Fareham Wine Cellar, telephone 01329 822733. Or email if you have any further questions.

Please note you will need to bring at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements. Payment must be made at the beginning of the course. The short Summer course is an ideal taster course if you are not sure if you wish to commit to the longer Spring course.

Spring 2015 Wine Course

This will be a 10-week course, starting on Thursday 15th January 2015, finishing on Thursday 26th March 2015, with a one week break on Thursday 19th February


Length: 10 weeks

Cost: £7.00 per night for the course and £6.00 per night for the wine

Therefore £70.00 for the course plus £60.00 for the wine, Total £130.00

Start date: Thursday 15th January 2015

Mid-term break: Thursday 19th February 2015

Last evening: Thursday 26th March 2015

Course Code: LHSP1510

Summer 2015 Wine Course

This will be a 4-week course, starting on Thursday 7th May 2015, finishing on Thursday 28th May 2015.


Length: 4 weeks

Cost: £7.00 per night for the course and £6.00 per night for the wine

Therefore £28.00 for the course plus £24.00 for the wine, totalling £52.00

Start date: Thursday 7th May 2015

Last evening: Thursday 28th May 2015

Course Code: LHSU154

There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.The room used for the class is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

Twisted Nose Gin

Twisted Nose Gin – Small Batch Pot Distilled Winchester Dry Gin

Are you looking for a gin from Hampshire? Then look no further! Twisted Nose Gin is available at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Twisted Nose Winchester Dry GinTwisted Nose Gin is made in Winchester, Hampshire by Paul Bowler. It was first released in May 2013, so it is a relative new-comer to the increasingly crowed UK gin scene. It does have a very good unique selling point. Well two, in fact. It is the only Gin made in Hampshire and it is the only Gin to use watercress as one of its botanicals.

As you may know, watercress grows locally around Winchester and the Meon Valley where the crystal clear chalk streams provide an ideal habitat. Watercress is from the genus Nasturtium (not to be confused with genus of flowering Nasturtiums which is actaully Trapaeolum). In Latin Nasturtium means “twisted nose” and is said to be named after the effect on ones nose after eating the spicy, peppery leaves. Hence Twisted Nose Gin.

The water used to make this gin is, of course, local New Forest Spring Water. Watercress is only one of 10 botanicals used to make Twisted Nose Gin.

Twisted Nose Gin Botanicals

Watercress – sourced from The Watercress Company, 3 miles to the north of Winchester

Juniper – Obviously, you can’t make gin without juniper berries

Coriander – crushed coriander seeds bring a citrus-y, spicy note

Pink Grapefruit Zest – adds richer citrus flavours than lemon or orange

Cassia Bark – adds cinnamon type character

Fennel Seed – for a sweet Anise flavour

Lavender – locally sourced from Long Barn Growers and Distillers near Arlesford

Orris – brings flowery and woody aromas

Angelica – remember the green, crystallised stuff people used to bung on the top of cakes, that is from the Angelica root. I am not sure what part of the plant goes into Twisted Nose Gin!

Liquorice – brings a touch of sweetness

Twisted Nose Gin is only made in very small batches of around 50 bottles. It is distilled in a traditional copper pot still, a descendent of the alembic still, used to make batches of spirits, unlike the continuous distillation of large, more commercial column stills. Pot stills produce a very fine grade of spirit. The botanicals are gently crushed, mixed and macerated pure, neutral spirit to release the oils that give the gin its characteristic flavours. The spirit and macerated botanicals are then re-distilled in the pot still and only the heart of the distillate is used for the final bottling.

Tasting Notes

Twisted Nose Gin has a good clear colour with a slightly blue-ish tinge.

Nose: The nose is spicy and peppery. There are floral notes, a big hit of citrus fruit and some more spicy coriander and anise (fennel) notes

Palate: The citrus really comes through on the palate with lots of pink grapefruit. There are more floral and fennel flavours.

Finish: Very nice, clear, dry finish with very good length.

If serving as a gin and tonic use a slice of pink grapefruit or pink grapefruit zest instead of lemon or lime as a garnish. If you are feeling playful you could also garnish with a sprig of watercress. Of course, it will be great in a Martini and recommend cocktails include a Salty Dog which is basically gin and grapefruit juice, which ties in nicely with the pink grapefruit used as a botanical.

Salty Dog Recipe

2 parts Twisted Nose Gin
5 parts Grapefruit juice, pink grapefruit juice would be good

Shake the vodka and grapefruit juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a salt-rimmed highball glass and serve straight up, without ice.

Visit the Twisted Nose Gin Website for more information.


Herdade do Mouchao

Mouchao Tinto is the flagship wine from historic Alentejo wine estate of Herdade do Mouchao. The estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved to the Alentejo from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade do Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but grapes for making wine. However, the first estate wine sold as coming from Mouchao was not eventually sold for the first time until 1954. Eventually the Richardson family came into partnership with the Reynolds family and the estate was run by the two families until April 1974 when it was seized by the Portuguese military dictatorship and the Reynolds and Richardsons were evicted.

Following the 1974 revolution any wine made at Herdade do Mouchao was basically put into the local co-operative. Mouchao was returned to the Richardson and Reynolds families in 1986 but, due to neglect and mismanagement, the vineyards were not left in a great state and a programme of replanting was immediately begun. The Herdade de Mouchao winery is much as it was when it was built in the 1901, having survived the revolution relatively untouched and, in fact,only had electricity installed in 1991! At the winery can find a range of vats for wine storage and wine-making, the barrel hall and a distillery, completed in 1929, with both a pot and a column still.

Vineyards at Mouchao

Some 38 hectares of vineyards are under vine planted with predominantly Alicante Bouschet (from their own cuttings) and small quantities of Aragonés, Trincadeira, Moreto, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. There are some white grapes grown including Antao Vaz, Arinto and Perrum. The vines are trained in a modern style double trellising system and modern techniques such as spray inrrigation to prevent frost damage are used.

Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Bouschet is the result of a cross between Petit Bouschet and Grenache and is one of only a few red grapes that also have red flesh too. Such grapes are known as teinturier. Alicante Bouschet is most common in the south of France but can also be found in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha Tintorera, Italy, the USA and, of course, Portugal. Alicante Bouschet was most commonly used in red wine blends, where it was used to add colour, but today it is increasingly bottled as a single varietal wine and some say that the Alentejo region is where 100% Alicante Bouschet wines find their true expression. Since its introduction to Herdade de Mouchao in the early 19th century the grape has thrived on the clay soils on the flat, low ground near the winery.


Whilst the vineyard trellising and techniques are modern, wine-making is more traditional. Grapes are hand harvested into 20kg boxes and are received at the winery, lightly crushed without de-stalking and delivered down chutes to be foot trodden in one of 9 stone lagares with capacities of 6 to 8 thousand kilos. Foot-treading is done twice a day for period of 5 to 8 days, this encourages fermentation and optimum colour extraction. The wine is then racked off into wooden vats and barrels for secondary fermentation.

Mouchao Tinto 2007 LabelMouchao Tinto 2007

Buy Mouchao at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Mouchao Tinto, the estate’s main wine, is predominantly Alicante Bouschet, 80% or more, the rest being Trincadeira (perhaps more famously known as Tinta Amarela in the Douro, where it is used in Port production). It is aged for 24 months in large oak vats (known as foudres) and then aged for a further 24 to 36 months in the bottle prior to release for sale.

As well as Mouchao Tinto, the winery also produced red and white wines under the Dom Rafael and a red blend called Ponte das Canas. There is also a  wine made in exceptional vintages from the best parcels of Alicante de Bouschet called Herdade do Mouchão Tonel nº 3-4 and some red wine set aside for maturation for 10 years prior to release called Mouchao Colheitas Antigas. There are also a couple of Port-like fortified wines, brandies, estate honey and olive oils produced!

Mouchao Tinto 2007

Mouchao Tinto 2007 is a full, deep coloured red / garnet colour. On the nose there are aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, confit dark fruit and herbaceous, garrigue type notes. There are also some eucalyptus and black pepper characteristics. The palate is dominated by black fruit, spiciness and full, plump ripe red fruits too. The palate is a great combination of the concentration of the Alicante Bouschet and a certain elegance from the Tincadeira. A big powerful, intense red wine, well-structured with good tannin structure and the potential to age gracefully for many years.

As Richard Mayson writes in his encyclopedia, The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal, “Mouchao is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s most impressive red wines”.



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Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

 Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

Champagne Taittinger was the official Champagne of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil and, earlier this year, released a special limited edition World Cup souvenir bottle of Brut Réserve NV.

Designed to celebrate Taittinger’s association with the forthcoming tournament, the bottle and box have been designed using groundbreaking 3D print technology. The souvenir bottle is presented in an elegant white and gold gift box featuring hologram footballs. Read more here.

As part of the promotion of Champagne Taittinger during the 2014 World Cup, Fareham Wine Cellar had an official Adidas Brazuca Match Ball (worth £100) signed by the CEO of Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, to give away to one lucky winner.

FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Offical Football 2 signed by the President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger.
FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Offical Football signed by the President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger.

The prize draw took place on Saturday 19th July 2014 with Roy Gillingham and the winner of the Riedel WSET Wine Educator of the Year 2013 Erica Dent of Enjoy Discovering Wine, our chosen neutral person to make the drawer

And here is a picture of the winner, local vicar Mike Terry, who won the Adidas Brazuca Match Ball.

Roy Gillingham and Mike Terry Taittinger Adidas Brazuca winnerIf you are wondering about the “Vicar of Doubly” comment, the Rev Mike Terry and his wife, the Rev Nicky-Sue Terry share the role of vicar at St Mary’s Church in Warsash. Find out more.

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Gros Plant du Pays Nantais

Gros Plant is a white wine made in the Loire valley. Its full name is Gros Plant du Pays Nantais and, as the name suggests, it is made in wine growing regions around the city of Nantes. The Gros Plant wine growing region is almost analogous with the Muscadet wine appellation and most Gros Plant is made by Muscadet producers. Until recently I had not realised that Gros Plant is the local name for the Folle Blanche grape variety. Most people will be more familiar with Folle Blanche as one of the traditional grape varieties in both the Cognac and Armagnac regions where it was a key component of Cognac and Armagnac brandies (although Baco blanc is now the preferred grape variety in these regions).

The name Gros Plant (which basically means “Big Vine” in French) can be traced back to 1732 in the Loire region. It had been introduced from the Loire down to Gascony (the Armagnac region) by Dutch wine merchants who used it in Eau de Vie production.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais is a very dry, mineral and tart wine with high levels of acidity that is a traditional match with shellfish and oysters in particular. Most Gros Plant is a fairly basic wine but some producers also make a Sur Lie version and this period of ageing in the lees adds more flavour, texture and complexity to the wine. At Fareham Wine Cellar we supply Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie from producer Domaine Henri Poiron.

Domaine Henri Poiron is a small family run wine estate located in the village of La Chapelle Huelin near Nantes who makes various different types of Muscadet and Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France.  The estate is run along the principals of Terra Vitis which is basically to respect nature as much as possible and to use sustainable winemaking.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie, Domaine Henri Poiron

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie Henri PoironTasting Notes: Very light coloured wine, aged Sur Lie to preserve its youthfulness and give extra suppleness. A very pale, light straw, yellow colour. There are fruity, floral and mineral notes which lead to the citrus, lemony palate with good, crisp acidity.

Most of this wine is consumed locally and on the domestic market although it is really worth tracking down if you are looking for a great wine to match with oysters.

See Domaine Henri Poiron’s other wines here.

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New Wine Course In Hampshire

World of Wines Wine Course in Fareham, Hampshire

Daria Kenefeck who works, mainly in the office, at Fareham Wine Cellar has taught wine appreciation courses in the local area for a number of years. 2014 sees a change of venue for Daria’s wine class to Lysses House Hotel at 51 High Street in Fareham – that is just three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar where we hold our portfolio wine tastings – there is one this year!

There are usually three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course normally involves some wine education followed by a tasting, there are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and some guest speakers.

Please note you will need to take at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements.

The first wine course starts on Thursday 9th January 2014 and places are limited, so please respond ASAP. Best method of contact is to telephone me or Daria 01329 822733.

2014 Wine Tasting Classes At Lysses House Hotel

with Daria Kenefeck

Here is all the information I have from Daria,

I have now managed to finalise the details for the wine classes for the forthcoming year to be held at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham.
Lysses House Hotel
51 High Street
PO16 7BQ
There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.

The room we are using is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

If we can get a minimum of 15 people to sign up for the courses, I am able to keep the cost down to £7.00 per night (as opposed to £9.50 at St Vincent College, the previous venue) plus £6.00 per night for the wines.

World of Wines – Spring Wine Course 2014

The Spring course will run for 12 weeks, starting Thursday 9th January 2014 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.There will be a break on 13th March, which means that we will have 9 classes before this date and 3 classes after this date.  The last date for this course will be 3rd April.

The cost for this course, code LHSP1412, will be £84.00 plus £72.00 for the wines.

There will then be a four week break.

World of Wines – Summer Wine Course 2014

The Summer course will run for 4 weeks, starting Thursday 8th May 2014 finishing on Thursday 29th May 2014.

The cost for this course, code LHSU144, will be £28.00 plus £24.00 for the wines.

We will then break till September.

World of Wines – Autumn Wine Course 2014

The Autumn course will run for 12 weeks starting on 11th September, finishing on Thursday 4th December 2014, with a break on 30th October.

Payment for the courses will become due on the first evening of each course and can be made via a bank transfer.


Payment for the wines can be made at the same time.  I am sorry but I will have to ask for the wine money for the complete wine course whether you attend all the classes or not, otherwise I am not able to budget across the course.  This is no different to the system we had at St Vincent.

You will need to bring a minimum of 5 glasses plus writing implements, as before.

I will need confirmation of attendance on the first course by Monday 6th January 2014.  This can be done via e-mail daria@farehamwinecellar.co.uk or telephone 01329 822733
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Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

At Lysses House Hotel, Fareham, Hampshire

We were lucky enough to have Cristina Torres, niece of Miguel Torres and daughter of Marimar Torres, visit and host a Torres Wine Dinner for us at Lysses House Hotel in Fareham, High Street on Wednesday 9th October 2013. A big thank you to Cristina Torres and to Dominic Thranum from John E Fells for helping us to organise the event.

Please find a few photographs from the event and some of my brief tasting notes.

To see the full menu and wines served please visit this blog post.

The wines all showed very well on the evening, with my particular favourites being the Marimar Torres Don Miguel Pinot Noir and the Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon – it was interesting to hear Cristina describe this as a “baby” Mas La Plana, I hadn’t thought about it in those terms before, but I suppose it could be. The Torres Cordillera Carignan was very good too, you can read about this at my recent blog post.

It was also interesting to hear that all of the Miguel Torres Chile Wines are not only organic, but biodynamic, since 2010 – although there is no mention of this on any labels!

I think the most popular wine on the evening, in terms of what people ordered was the Torres Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rosé, apparently the only sparkling wine made from the Pais grape variety.

Some selected tasting notes on Torres wines

Marimar Torres La Masia Don Miguel Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River

Bright, ripe, red fruit on the nose with key aromas of cherry and strawberry jam. There are also hints of white pepper. The palate is soft and packed with more strawberry and a little vanilla. Good, sweet, round finish. It matched quite well with the pressed duck confit terrine, but not quite as well as the La Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay.

Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Penedes

Good dark red / black colour. Lots of dark, smoky blackcurrant fruit on the nose, hints of blackcurrant jam or confit. Quite a dark and brooding wine with a good firm, tannic backbone. Very good. Great for the money too.

Marimar Torres Las Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay 2009, Russian River

Marimar Torres La Masia Don Miguel Chardonnay


Clear, light golden colour. Quite a smokey oak nose with hints of peach and creamy buttery notes. The palate is quite viscous and has good mouthfeel with more rich buttery, perhaps butterscotch notes on the palate. It has good acidity and some nice minerality that means it is not too overpowering on the finish.

Miguel Torres Chile Nectaria Vendimia Tardia, Valle de Curico

100% Riesling. Slightly waxy / polish nose, typical of Riesling but with sweet honeyed, nutty characteristics. Hints of bergamot / Earl Gray – I always get this with Chilean dessert wines, but I think I am on my own! Lots of pineapple on the palate, good acidity and not quite as sweet as I was expecting.

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Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres

Torres Wine Dinner with Cristina Torres at Lysses House Hotel

On Wednesday 9th October 2013 we have another wine dinner, this time with Torres Wine at Lysses House Hotel, with Cristina Torres. Cristina Torres is the daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres and will be presenting wines from Spain, Torres Chile and her mother’s wine estate, Marimar Torres, in California. There will be a pre-dinner wine tasting followed by a four course dinner with wine matched to each course.

If you wish to attend please book your places directly with the reception at Lysses House Hotel on 01329 822622. Lysses House Hotel is located three doors down from Fareham Wine Cellar in Fareham High Street (Map Link)

Please find more information about which Torres wine we will be showing, the menu and a bit more about Cristina Torres below.

Torres Wine Dinner at Lysses House Hotel

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Prompt Start at 7.30pm

Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rose, Maule ValleyTorres Cordillera Carignan

Torres Fransola Sauvignon Blanc, DO Penedes, Spain

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

Miguel Torres Cordillera Carignan Special Reserve, Maule Valley


Dinner Menu and Wines

Pressed confit of duck terrine served with toasted brioche

Marimar Torres Don Miguel Pinot Noir Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California


Torres Celeste Ribera del DueroLamb rump, roasted until pink, set on a celeriac and potato mash with a mix broad beans, peas and French beans finished with a rich red wine sauce

Torres Celeste Crianza, DO Ribera del Duero, Spain


A selection of English cheese

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva, DO Penedes, Spain


A dark chocolate and caramel tart served with a raspberry sauce

Miguel Torres Chile Nectaria Vendimia Tardia (Late Harvest) Riesling


Coffee and Petit fours


Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River
Marimar Torres Estate Don Miguel Chardonnay Russian River

Cristina Torres is the only daughter of Marimar Torres, who founded the Californian Estate and niece of President and CEO Miguel A. Torres, and has inherited the family love of vineyard and wines. Cristina has a degree in economics from Princeton University, has studied at the University of Melbourne and has gained valuable wine industry experience working at Champagne Pol Roger and Miguel Torres Chile. Cristina has worked as the Brand Ambassador for Marimar Estate receiving visitors and clients, coordinating and planning Club Marimar events, strategizing the marketing of wine distribution in collaboration with sales teams and promoting the wines throughout the United States. Cristina is currently spending some time working with John E Fells, Torres’ UK agents, to learn about the UK wine trade and to continue spreading the word about Torres wine, and Marimar Torres wines in particular.

For more information on the Torres family wines please visit,


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Wallington Village Wine Tasting October 2013

Wallington Village Wine Tasting

Wines for Christmas

Presented by Fareham Wine Cellar

 At Wallington Village Hall

Satruday 12th October 2013

7.30pm Start

Tickets £12.00

We will be showing a selection of wines (maybe a Port as well) with a focus on wines that will be great for Christmas. There will also be a short wine-based quiz and WVCA will provide a small selection of cheeses to go with the wines.

Tickets are available from WVCA Committee members

Phil Durant 01329 233589 (Organiser)
Alan Bloxham 01329 510304
Mike Blythe 01329 232630
David Walton 01329 238948

If you are wondering where Wallington Village is located, it can be found in the large car park opposite Staples and Sainsbury’s, Broadcut, Fareham. The postcode is PO16 8ST.

Map Link

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Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

See Fareham Wine Cellar’s Gin Selection Here

Zuidam are one of the top producers of Gin, Genever and liqueurs in the Netherlands. They are also the only Genever producer that mill all their grains in the traditional method in windmills. Milling by windmill means that there is amost no increase in the temperature of the grain during milling which thus helps preserve the wonderful aromas of the Gin.

Zuidam Dry Gin is their take on a Gin rather than a Genever and they have been steadily changing the packaging. When I first came across their dry gin it was presented in a very modern looking bottle which, quite frankly, looked like a a whole host of other modern gins – this is the bottle on the left below. Then, some time last year the Zuidam Dry Gin arrived in much more traditional packaging in a bottle like the Zuidam Genever. I think this was a definite improvement – it harked back to the roots of Gin from Genever, looked more traditional and definitely stood out amongst other gins on the shelf. This is the bottle on the right below.

And finally, this month, I had a surprise when the newest Zuidam Dry Gin arrived!

Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin
Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin

I have to say I like this. We all know the term Dutch Courage, it is derived from English soldiers fighting in the Thirty Years War in the 17th century who would swore by the warming properties of Gin on the body in cold weather. Apparently them named the drink Dutch Courage. So, not only does the label have historical Dutch connections but a quirky name on the bottle also helps to give a good selling point.

Zuidam Gin Botanicals

Packaging aside, Zuidam Dry Gin is a great small batch Gin. The botanicals used are Italian juniper berries & iris root, Morroccan coriander, angelica root, Spanish oranges & lemons, vanilla from Madagascar, Indian liquorce root and cardamom pods from Ceylon. The gin is aged for 3 months prior to bottling. It is a very clean, fresh gin with citrus and earthy juniper and hints of spice and vanilla. A great Gin for a Martini!!

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