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Pairing: Monferrato Prunotto ‘ Mompertone’ 2009 with Roasted Saddle of Rabbit
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SAMANTHA RAHN WINE DIRECTOR, ARAXI ADAM MAYHEW, MARYKE VANDERMAREL, DANIEL ROBITAILLE SOMMELIERS, BEARFOOT BISTRO