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“Dear Karen, where does the word vintage come from?” —Amelia S. (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Amelia, the word vintage derives from two French words: vin (wine) and age (age). The vintage date always refers to the year the grapes were grown, not the date of the wine’s release. Historically, wines were given vintage dates to give the drinker a start time to count from, so he or she would know how old a bottle of wine was.

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