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We’re sitting on the restaurant patio at Stonyridge Vineyards, nibbling on a fantastic assortment of appetizers – raw tuna, green-lipped mussels, fairly decent local cheeses, slab bacon, something that may or may not be prosciutto but possesses all of its qualities – and waiting for someone from the winery to join us for lunch and a short tasting. With our platter of goodies, we sample a few glasses of wine from the café’s rather extensive (Stonyridge-produced) wine list. A sizzling slab of flavorful and wonderfully rare beef then arrives, accompanied by a decidedly Provençal-styled variation on ragout. (2/05)

   

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