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a translucent hose attached to the tank. He climbed up the ladder and dropped a stainless-steel nozzle over the tank rim. Then he turned on the switch to a pump that sputtered and coughed as it sucked air before rivulets of intermittent red turned to a flood in the hoses. The pump drew Moon Puppy out of the bottom of the tank and back up over the top. This was Gary’s low-tech answer to mixing the stew of sugar water and wine. Later, after the wine was mixed, they went out to the tasting room. Gary brought with him two glasses of wine. One was last year’s Moon Puppy. The other was the newest concoction. Jason and Shawna, who was also new at the winery and worked the counter and helped with marketing, both like sweet wines. So Gary tried the two vintages on them. “I think this one is sweeter,” Shawna said. “No, I think the other one is,” Jason said. “It can’t be.” Rosie took Shawna by the shoulders and turned her around behind the counter so she couldn’t see her pour a little of each of the two Moon Puppy vintages into two new glasses. “Now try this.” She handed the glasses to Shawna who first sniffed for the nose of a wine that normally does not deserve a bouquet, then tasted. “I think this one is sweeter,” she said. And she picked the same one. FAST FACTS INFO PAGE 97
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