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It’s been fun playing doctor for yet another year. I love hearing from wine lovers all over the world and trying to shed some light on their questions, especially the offbeat ones—in fact, I often learn something new in the process!

These are some of the oddest (and most fun to answer) questions I’ve been asked this year. I went down a rabbit hole of videos on making boozy lollipops, talked to a copper scrub manufacturer, found a charming winemaker in Montana to tell me about dandelion wine and learned about how Alfred Heineken invented a square bottle that could also be used as a brick to build homes. It’s been a blast!

Thank you to all my readers for keeping me on my toes, and ensuring that there's never a dull moment when the doctor is in!

—Dr. Vinny

Why doesn’t wine come in square bottles?

How do you make wine lollipops?

Should I pour my wine through a copper scrub pad?

What’s up with the petrol note in Riesling?

Can I drink old dandelion wine?

Can I mix wine with grape juice?

How good are those winemaking kits?

Can I make homemade wine spritzers?

What's the most widely planted white wine grape in world?

Can I make watermelon wine?

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