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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I am having a brain cramp. What do you call sequential vintage years of wines from the same winery?
—Joe S., St. Louis, Mo.
That's called a "vertical," as in a vertical tasting. Different vintages from the same winery are tasted, with the idea of highlighting the differences between various vintages.
There are also horizontal tastings, which feature wines from the same vintage but from different producers. Horizontal tastings (especially those when you're tasting similar regions, varietals or even vineyards) are a great theme for a wine tasting. In fact, we do it at work all the time.
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