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September 22, 2006
A New Kind of Papal Blessing

As if Joseph Ratzinger didn't have enough responsibility as Pope Benedict XVI - or enough heavy garb to wear - now he's been made an honorary sommelier and been given the traditional emblem of that rank, a silver tastevin, to drape around his neck. In light of recent controversial comments by the Pope, don't expect to hear him suggest any radical food and wine pairings, such as red wine with fish; but you never know. For more, visit the Web site of the British wine magazine Decanter.

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