Gail Benzler
January 4, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road 2016 Roberts Road Pinot Noir brings home 92 Points from Wine Spectator

Time Posted: Jan 4, 2018 at 4:24 PM
Gail Benzler
December 26, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Kevin Buckler Takes the Stage at TEDx Palo Alto

Sip and Snack Pairings

Our CEO Kevin Buckler works hard, plays hard and above all, never gives up.  He helms two vibrant and innovative companies in Petaluma, California — The Racers Group and Adobe Road Winery. This ethic of always giving it his all has made him a success on the race track, in the office and boardroom and in life. So, It’s no surprise that Kevin was invited to bring his passion and enthusiasm — and story — to the TEDx Palo Alto stage December 17.

TEDx is a program of local events bringing people together to share inspiring stories. Held at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC, speakers explored ways in which they cultivate empathy and spark action.

Kevin, a champion racing driver with a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory and two Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona victories as a driver (plus numerous series titles, victories and accolades as a team owner) took the stage to talk about how the endurance racing mentality teaches us a lot about life and how this ethic has impacted both the racing team and his award-winning winery in a talk entitled Never Give Up. “I try to look at adverse situations and turn them into positives,” he said on cultivating that winning secret sauce. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t bumps on the road. “It took fifteen years to become an overnight sensation,” Kevin told the audience in a well-received talk that resonated with the attendees.

Sip and Snack Pairings

As part of the TEDx experience, Adobe Road Winery was invited to pour a selection of wines, including the brand’s 2015 Chardonnay, 2016 Redline, 2016 Pinot Noir, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley and 2014 Cabernet, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard for the over 300 dignitaries, CEOs, influencers, tech gurus and other guests at the event. Kevin, Adobe Road Winery Director of Hospitality Sonny Martin and Communications Director Gail Benzler were on hand to make sure the wine flowed and that important connections were fostered. It was a long, but very successful evening — the endurance racing mentality at work.


Time Posted: Dec 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Gail Benzler
December 22, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Sip and Snack Pairings

Sip and Snack Pairings

A well-paired snack is a wonderful compliment to a delicious sip.

Try these out-of-this-world, easy to make recipes designed to perfectly pair with our two Adobe Road Winery Carneros Chardonnays.

2015 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard - South Sonoma Block

This wine’s lively acidity, luscious fruits and hints of spice and savory toast find a great home with our warm, creamy Parmesan Artichoke Dip.

Warm Parmesan Artichoke Dip


2 cups shredded  parmesan cheese
1(10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid
1(14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2⁄3cup  sour cream
1 cup  cream cheese
1⁄3cup  mayonnaise
2 teaspoons  garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix together Parmesan cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix with spinach mixture.
Bake for 20-30 minutes.
Serve with crackers, pita chips or bread

Note:  you can also play around with adding spice such as red pepper flakes or chopped green chili or similar.

YIELD  4 1/2 cups

2016 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard - Kiser

Smoky Spiced Roasted Almonds are a go-to with this rich, fruit-driven Chardonnay.

Smoky Spiced Roasted Almonds


2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
2 cups whole almonds
kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl whisk butter, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and cayenne, Add almonds and toss to coat. Spread in single layer on baking sheet.
Bake for 18-25 minutes flipping several times. Remove from oven and sprinkle with kosher salt.
After fully cooling store in Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container.

Time Posted: Dec 22, 2017 at 2:59 PM
Gail Benzler
December 14, 2017 | Gail Benzler

New Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon is Creating a Buzz



Adobe Road Winery's new release 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard garnered 94 points from Wine Spectator.

2014 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Vineyards Just Released to Acclaim

Adobe Road Winery is excited to announce the release of our highly anticipated 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford,  Napa Valley, Beckstoffer Vineyard - Georges III. We are very proud that our premier wine has received yet another 94 point score from Wine Spectator. That’s two vintages back-to-back, and our fourteenth 90+ score in the past 12 months.

Our cabernets over the years, have shown remarkable staying power, earning many accolades in a competitive class of premium “Napa heavyweights” and are favorites of wine connoisseurs and casual fans, alike.

We can’t wait for you to try this amazing wine, made with old-school flair from grapes handpicked from one of Napa Valley’s most distinguished and historic of Rutherford houses, Beckstoffer Vineyards -- Georges III.

Tantalizingly warm and deep, the flavors are expansive, with blackberry, chocolate and savory baking spices lending complexity. The smooth finish is long and defined with a memory of mocha and dark berries.

This is a bottle you can uncork now and enjoy, or save in your cellar… if you have the patience.

“Tames intense tannins with an overlay of creamy, mocha-scented oak. The core is deep, rich and concentrated, with dark berry, currant, plum and cassis flavors. Sails along on the finish, even with the tannins. Best from 2021 through 2034.” 94 points, Wine Spectator










Time Posted: Dec 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Gail Benzler
December 7, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Good News - New Petaluma Gap AVA Finally Approved

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon



Today, it was announced that the Petaluma Gap, the gateway to the Sonoma Coast wine growing region, has been established as an AVA after final approval by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Board.

This is wonderful news for Adobe Road Winery. “We’re thrilled to be able to highlight our hometown Petaluma Gap grapes and to showcase it in our bottles,” says Adobe Road winemaker Garrett Martin. “This is a huge step forward for this incredible growing region.” The Petaluma Gap AVA extends across the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA and into northern Marin County. Daily fog and wind patterns cool the vineyards throughout the growing season, yielding fruit that is balanced and nuanced with complex flavors and natural acidity.

By including the new Petaluma Gap AVA on labels, Adobe Road and other Gap vintners will be able to share very precise information about producers and vineyards with consumers, right on the bottle, rather than the much broader Sonoma County appellation. And this is vitally important for marketing and visibility. The newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA is one of the richest regions in California for growing premium pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah grapes. The area’s wind and fog are the Gap’s hallmark and the region as a stellar 150 year history of growing grapes. “We love the unique aspects of the topography and the wind influence on the vines,” Martin relates. “This creates vines with richer texture and deeper complexity.

That rich texture and deep complexity were certainly displayed in our 2015 Adobe Road Winery Pinot Noir - Sangiacomo Vineyard, Roberts Road, which garnered 91 a 91 point score from Robert Parker. Stay tuned -- our 2016 vintage will be released soon. But that’s not all. Adobe Road fans will be able to enjoy Gap produced syrah and cabernet sauvignon in the future.

Congratulations to the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. We’re excited to be able to promote and showcase our beautiful wines from the Gap.

In the news: Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation - The Press Democrat

Read more: The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance is dedicated to promoting winegrowers and vintners from across the region.


Time Posted: Dec 7, 2017 at 3:40 PM
Garrett Martin
November 20, 2017 | Garrett Martin

What Your Coffee Choices Say about Wine

Is the kind of coffee you like is expressive of the type of wine you enjoy?

What kind of coffee do you order? What kind of wine do you like?  The answers to these questions might be more related than you think.

Everyone has different taste preferences, and your affinity for a certain coffee style can many times predict the wines you’ll love. This information can be extremely useful when purchasing wine for yourself or others. Through my years as a winemaker and by paying attention to the preferences of wine consumers, here is what I’ve noticed:

Black Coffee: If you order your coffee black, you likely prefer roasty/caramelized flavors, some tannins, and flavorful acidity. Our 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will fit that preference wonderfully. Mid-level tannins frame a palette of beautiful dark fruit flavors mixed with warm spice notes.

Espresso: If you’re the type that orders straight up espresso, you probably like intensely flavored beverages and find enjoyment in the fine balance of roast/sweet/dry. Of course you’ll love our 2013 Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard F block Cabernet, but I’d also suggest you try our 2016 Pinot Noir from the Big Pig vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Why would I suggest a pinot noir (typically lighter) for someone who likes espresso (typically darker)? It’s all about the intensity of flavor and high-level balance between fruit, spice, and acid. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did!

Coffee with cream and sugar: Do you like cream and sugar in your coffee? If you do, you it’s likely you prefer balance on the softer side (less tannins and acid), and enjoy big mouthfeel and palate richness. If you’re looking for a red wine you’ll love, go straight for the 2016 Redline blend. Complex, rich, and approachable -- it has all the right flavors in all the right places.

Your coffee choice can really say a lot about what wines you might enjoy. As always, explore the vast world of wine around you and let your palate be the guide.




Time Posted: Nov 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Gail Benzler
November 17, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Autumn Colors, Spring Flavors - Blending Adobe Road Winery Rosé




Red wine lots are blended together to make Adobe Road Winery Rosé.

We make our Adobe Road Winery Rosé from almost all our our red wine lots (left to right in the photo above: petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, syrah, zinfandel and pinot noir). We take just a little bit of juice out of each lot early in the winemaking process. This leaves us with a more concentrated red wine for fermentation and a very cool rosé.

Each of these wine lots gets fermented separately. See all of the different colors? Each grape has a different amount of pigment we can extract at any given time. It all comes down to skin contact and the maturity of those grape skins.

So, petite sirah rosé is very dark, as you can see -- it looks like what you might expect to see in a mature pinot noir wine. But pinot noir rosé? It can be really light, like a salmon or even an almost chardonnay color through the light, as you can see in our photo.

What we get during and after fermentation is a very interesting color palette and in January the mixing really begins. We start blending these finished wines together to make the rich flavor and color profiles our Adobe Road Winery Rosé is known for year after year.

Getting those colors and flavors right is very important -- it’s an art, really -- and we want our rosé to be very expressive of each vintage. It means our winemaker, Garrett Martin spends a lot of time getting the blend just the way he wants it.

So, this amazing palette of color will continue to develop through the winter months, coming together in a kind of alchemy in spring when we release our next vintage of Adobe Road Rosé.





Time Posted: Nov 17, 2017 at 3:55 PM
Gail Benzler
November 14, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road Winery Zinfandel -- Pure Pleasure

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Deep, jammy black fruit, spices, hints of chocolate and fine grained tannins all come together to make Zinfandel a wonderfully versatile and accessible wine. Our Adobe Road Winery 2015 Zinfandel from Famighetti Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley AVA is a terrific wine that amplifies the taste of autumn spices like clove, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as poultry (especially dark meat). It’s a perfect choice for your Thanksgiving table.


But that’s not all -- Zinfandel is a wine you can enjoy again and again and not just at special occasions, but all year ‘round -- from easy meals with family and friends to elegant dinner parties, this wine will fit right in.


So go ahead, pop open a bottle of Adobe Road Zinfandel. Come on by our downtown Petaluma tasting room or order our 2015 Zinfandel online and give this versatile wine that pairs well with so many foods a try. You’ll love it.


And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram this week as we talk about this wonderfully Californian varietal: #ZinDay.

Quick Zinfandel fact: Over 90 percent of the world’s Zinfandel is grown and produced in California


Suggested food pairings:

Versatility is Zinfandel’s middle name. Here are some pairing ideas:

Brunch: Quiche Lorraine
Lunch: Duck Breast Salad or Roasted Beet Salad (go ahead and add some goat cheese)
Dinner: Braised Lamb Shank or Coq au Vin
Cheese: Try some Maytag Bleu Cheese or Dry Sonoma Jack
Dessert: A wonderfully decadent Chocolate Mousse (add some raspberries to really take advantage of this pairing)

Time Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 3:52 PM
Gail Benzler
November 9, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Perfect Thanksgiving Wine Choices

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon



When it comes to Thanksgiving, picking the perfect wine to compliment the turkey and all of the trimmings can seem a bit daunting. We’ve got you covered with three superb Adobe Road Winery bottles for your holiday table.



Sparkle this Thanksgiving

A little glitz, a little glamor and a lot of bubbles. What a way to start your Thanksgiving celebration! Our very limited 2016 Adobe Road Winery Sparkling Rosé is bursting with luscious red fruit, texture and acidity. But don’t put it away after the appetizers have disappeared -- this is a wine that will be great throughout the meal.


Chardonnay -- Wonderful Versatility and Acidity

For the white wine drinkers, our new 2015 vintage Adobe Road Winery Chardonnay from Sangiacomo’s south vineyard in the Petaluma Gap is a surprisingly good match for the Thanksgiving table. This wine pairs nicely with the bold flavors of the day, adding the crisp acidity that teams up so well with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, as well as with those sweeter foods like candied yams.


Pinot Noir -- the Thanksgiving Wine Standard

Wine lovers adore pinot noir’s bright red berry notes and hints of spice. This wine is the classic pick to pair with all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from the ever popular creamy mashed potatoes and casseroles, to white and dark meat turkey. And cranberries? Perfection. The pinot noir grape really sings in our 2016 Adobe Road Winery Green Valley of the Russian River Valley Big Pig Vineyard Pinot Noir and that’s what makes it so special -- and good. Fresh raspberry and cherry pie flavors play a central role.


Time Posted: Nov 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Gail Benzler
November 7, 2017 | Gail Benzler

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Tis the season for our big, bold 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Sonoma’s Knights Valley is special. Its raised elevation and warm growing region makes it perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon.

The 2014 Adobe Road Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich core of blackberry jam and is surrounded by dusty, rich tannins accented by a hint of mocha and anise. This is truly a mouthful of beautiful cabernet, but don’t take our word for it. “A big, expressive style, with layers of blackberry, red berry, licorice, anise, cedar and mocha flavors. Despite the richness and power the tannins are trim on the finish.” – 92 points, James Laube, Wine Spectator

This wine has scored 92 points from Robert Parker and was confirmed with a follow up 92 points from Wine Spectator.

Suggested Pairing: Our Adobe Road Winery Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be perfect with your Christmas prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Want to try a bottle this weekend? Pair it with a nice, juicy rib-eye or porterhouse steak.


Time Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 5:01 PM


Petaluma Star - Focus on Adobe Road Winery

Adobe Road is in many ways a luxury brand, which is not surprising given TRG’s affiliations with Porsche, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. Several of its wines are priced in the $100 – $175 range, and the entire portfolio is crafted to wow the glitterati trackside at Le Mans or Daytona, or at exclusive events such as Wine Spectator’s Wine Experiences.


20 Best Sonoma Rosés to Drink This Summer

Adobe Road Winery 2017 Rosé - A fun and funky blend of pinot noir, syrah, grenache, zinfandel and petite sirah, Adobe Road’s rosé features grapes grown in the newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA...


Hollywood's Eco-Defenders Take Center Stage at the Environmental Media Awards

Before the show, some guests enjoyed wine from Adobe Road poured straight from the cask, and posed for photos in a digital photo booth...


Grand Tour Hosts World’s Greatest Wine Fans

Wine Spectator's annual series of tasting extravaganzas continued in New York with 244 outstanding wines from 15 nations


Outstanding Scores for Adobe Road Winery

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is one of the most iconic wine publications in the world. Adobe Road Winery is honored to be reviewed in this month's Sonoma and Napa wine issue



What do race car driving and California Cabernet have in common?


Petaluma is an eggscellent weekend escape from the Bay Area scramble

The Find: In the early evening, we were slowly spinning our wheels looking for somewhere to have a pre-dinner drink. We went from 0 to 200 mph when we found Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room (6 Petaluma Blvd. N.; [707] 939-9099), race car driver and vintner Kevin Buckler’s tasting room, which opened in the summer. We chose the “Showcase” pouring


How The Wind Is Making The Petaluma Gap California's Newest Wine Region

Located 32 miles north of San Francisco, in both Sonoma and Marin Counties, the Petaluma Gap is an inland valley distinguished by a 15-mile wide aperture in the coastal hills through which salty maritime wind and afternoon fog whisk in a chill.


Petaluma wine tasting room plans in fast lane

A long-awaited proposal for a state-of-the-art downtown Petaluma winery, tasting room and auto racing museum is gaining momentum, according to Adobe Road Winery’s CEO.


Petaluma Gap Is Wine Country’s Newest AVA
The newly designated region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

The new AVA includes about 80 winegrowers and nine wineries. One of our favorite wines released this year is an example of the quality of Pinot Noir grapes grown in the region—75 percent of the fruit planted is Pinot Noir—and the range of complexity that’s possible from multiple-elevation harvesting.


Petaluma California: A Sonoma County Hotspot

In the Great Petaluma Mill complex find Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room. Tasting excellent wines like their Big Pig Pinot and one labeled merely ”Red Wine” made me an instant fan.


Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation

The federal government on Thursday recognized the Petaluma Gap as the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), giving Sonoma County its 18th such wine appellation and providing another reminder of its vast diversity of grape growing throughout the region.


All About Adobe Road Winery by James Knight (

Wine is not all about speed, and that was exactly why it appealed to champion GT racing team leader Kevin Buckler. At the Adobe Road tasting room in downtown Petaluma, I’m told that Buckler values the slow and steady process of making wine. As for high points and awards—it doesn’t hurt that Adobe Road wines have scored those, too.


9 Soon-to-Open Sonoma Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Hotels We’re Stoked About

Downtown Petaluma keeps getting hotter, and the hip-factor will only increase when Adobe Road opens their new 15,000 square foot winery and tasting room along the Petaluma River. And it's going to be more than just a winery - they'll have a motorsports museum (Adobe Road owner Kevin Buckler owns one of the most successful racing teams in the world), an event center and commercial kitchen. Guests can sip wine by the bottle, served alongside wood-fired pizza, on the riverfront patio.


Race to the Top: A DITL with Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler is a man with two passions: fast cars and fun. And how does he bridge these two very distinct passions together? Through his two companies, Adobe Road Winery and The Racers Group. Running one successful business is a feat in itself, but Buckler is not one to shy away from a challenge. He rather flawlessly runs two, rotating between crafting award-winning wines and running his ever-expanding motorsports company.

NY Wine Spectator Wine Experience 2016

Adobe Road Winery has once again been invited to participate in arguably one of the most prestigious events a winery can attend, Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience, October 20 – 22. The event is attended by wine enthusiasts from around the world and only the top rated wineries in the world are invited to pour at the Critics’ Choice Grand Tasting.

22 Refreshing Sonoma Rosés to Drink All Summer by Sarah Stierch

Adobe Road has released the most unique Rosés of the season, in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Company: a sparkling Rosé. Super-limited at a mere 60 cases, this primarily Zinfandel-based wine has the rich head of a beer and the sweet flavor of watermelon and maraschino cherry. A must try for those who like to balance their wine tasting with their beer sipping.


More room for wine: Adobe Road opens Petaluma's second wine tasting room

Dozens of people gathered on Tuesday to raise their glass to Petaluma’s newest wine tasting room, a venue for home-grown Adobe Road Winery to gain more face time with the public as it moves toward building a nearby hub for wining and dining on the edge ofthe Petaluma River.


Downtown Petaluma wine tasting room gets approval

The Petaluma Planning Commission voted swiftly and unanimously on Tuesday to approve a permit for Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room at The Great Petaluma Mill, 6 Petaluma Blvd. North. It will be downtown Petaluma’s second wine tasting room, and the first serving a wide variety of wines.


Adobe Road Winery Honored to be Invited to Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience

Adobe Road Winery has been invited to participate in the prestigious Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience, taking place the weekend of October 20-22, 2016. It is truly an honor to be invited to pour alongside some of the best wineries from all across the globe and adds additional excitement around the winery’s new project in Petaluma. The three-day event is every wine aficionados dream, with sit-down tastings of award winning vintages (all scored over 90 points), the Critic’s Choice Grand Tastings, and the exclusive black-tie awards banquet. This is the very best of the wine world. We hope to see you there.

Adobe Road Winery Facility: Progress Report

We are eager and excited to open the doors of our new satellite Tasting Room in the Great Petaluma Mill, in the very heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma. This will be our cozy home while development and construction begin on the new headquarters facility, just around the corner. Final licensing and approval are close to completion, and we can’t wait to see some new and familiar faces stopping by to taste some of the new releases. -expected to open late next month.

The Sonoma County Barrel Auction raises a record setting number with 90 one-of-a-kind wine lots
Allison Levine

Garrett Martin of Adobe Road Winery summed up their lot of 10 cases as “Petaluma Gap in a glass.” The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley represented all generations of Dry Creek by combining equal amounts of zinfandel from seven wineries, half who are the original producers in the region and the other half are newer producers of Zinfandel.

Petaluma leads Sonoma County in economic development

His decision was one example of many in recent years that have made Petaluma the leader in economic development in Sonoma County. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county — 4.1 percent in March — and the second highest median household income, at $75,655 in 2015.
The business activity has rapidly reversed the fortunes of this city of almost 60,000, which was hit with a one-two punch at the turn of the millennium — fallout from the telecom bust of the early 2000s and the real estate crash some six years later. At its low point, commercial office vacancy rates were 40 percent.

Petaluma is Fertile Ground for "Cultivated, home-grown culture - Lori Varsames"

When Lori Varsames saw her dream job in her dream location pop up on LinkedIn one morning, she jumped on the opportunity and applied.

Adobe Road Winery setting up shop in downtown Petaluma

"When you’re starting to attract businesses that are relocating from the square in Sonoma — the heart of Sonoma Wine Country — to the heart of Petaluma, that really tells you just how attractive the area is, I think it’s going to be a great amenity for our local economy. It’s going to be a great ambiance for the downtown. It’s exactly what the downtown ought to be building."

Big Things Happening in Petaluma

Our exciting new State-of-the-Art facility in downtown Petaluma...right on the Riverfront, continues to progress! We are bringing together all of the “Best Practices/Best of the Best” in terms of Tasting Room, Visitors Center, Winery and state-of-the-art equipment, Corporate and Banquet Facilities, Food and Cooking classes, Private Tasting and Barrel Room, Ultra-Premium Custom Crush/Private Label and a Beautiful Automotive and Motorsports Museum - all rolled into one EPIC location, operated by a highly efficient and motivated team. No pun intended but we are going to CRUSH IT!

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