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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Wine Spectator reports either the number of cases produced or the number imported. If a wine comes in 6-packs or 12-packs (or sometimes 3-packs), is that adjusted? For example, if wine A has 600 12-packs made and wine B has 600 6-packs made, would Wine Spectator report 600 cases for wine A and 300 for wine B? Or 600 cases for both wine A and wine B?

—Brett, Tucson, Ariz.

Dear Brett,

We convert the number of cases made into 12-bottle equivalents. If that means doing math for you, we will do math for you. In the example you give, Wine A is 600 cases, and wine B is 300 cases.

—Dr. Vinny


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