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Over the years, there have been numerous games about wine and the wine industry. Some are strategic games, many are trivia or party games. The important question, as always, is... Which wine game should I sample first? I can make some strong personal recommendations; however, my voice is but one of many, so this list is sorted by average rating, that you may see what your fellow geeks think!
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1. Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:227]
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Crazy production quality, expansions for the base game… and an entirely different, streamlined version of the game on the back of the board. You really do get two similar but very distinct games for the price of — well, it's a deluxe edition, but it's still quite a deal for the two variations of the game.
 
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2. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:111]
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With all those custom "meeples" meeple, this game looks rather enticing. It also seems like it may suit my tastes.
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3. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:286]
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 9  (Vinícola prototype rating) I expect the refined, published version of this excellent game to be at least as good as the prototype. I can't wait to get my grubby little paws on it!

Update:  10  (Vinhos) Wow. This is so satisfying a game to play, and yet after each game, I'm plotting and scheming for my next game of it. Thematically rich, complex and rewarding of lateral thinking, and chock full of replay value — I have seen games play out very differently each time, and there's so much to explore strategically. Just amazing.
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2162]
 
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5. Board Game: My Little Vineyard [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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It's a dice game about making wine; however, it is not only mechanically different from its brethren, it also takes into consideration oft-ignored aspects of wine creation. It looks interesting!
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6. Board Game: Winemakers: El juego del vino [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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It includes dice, wads of cards, and linear paths (albeit in an interesting layout), which makes me suspect that it was a family game more in the vein of Monopoly and/or Life.
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7. Board Game: Grand Cru [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1545]
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It looks interesting enough, and I'd like to try it.
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8. Board Game: Vignobles [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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I love the art for this one.
 
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9. Board Game: Vendimia [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I itch to try this out, but it's so expensive to import. I try really hard not to buy games without playing them first, but this and Mi Tierra both tempt me so badly with their adorable graphical styles.

Update:  7  This is a fun gambling family game. You invest in regions in the hopes that they'll pay out (in a sort of a Catan way, using dice), provide you with the wines that are and will be in fashion with the restaurants, and make you plenty of money. ...or that you will have successfully avoided bad weather (die rolls!) to protect your funds well. I like it! ...and the graphics are utterly cute.
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10. Board Game: Vendemmia! [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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This looks like an interesting game, but it also looks like more work to manufacture than I'm willing to put forth at the moment. When I get bored, though, watch out!
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11. Board Game: Vintage [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4226]
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 7  I think this is a good game, and while the die can be torturous, its swing is only ±1 (0: 50%; +1: 33%; -1: 17%). Optimize your strategy accordingly. There are nice, torturous mechanisms for worker placement, and a few interesting outs when you are otherwise hosed. Unfortunately, it can feel like the winner is determined by the die, but the reality is that it's a game that lets you think that there's only one way to approach it; however, there are strategies lurking under the surface….
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12. Board Game: Wine Teasers [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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13. Board Game: Vino [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2624]
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 9.5  This is a classic game with some challenging (but beautiful) components. With a board full of pastel colors, some components in the 1999 edition are difficult in good light even for people with good eyes to sort out; it's downright hostile to the colorblind.

Additionally, the spherical grapes to track your stocks of wine look awesome, but without making simple provisions, a table bump could upset your game drastically. My advice: Use the little punch-out circles from the grape-holding wine cellar cards as six feet for those cards. With the added height, the grapes are held off the table, and much more stably. I've even considered permanently affixing them to the cards, if I could just bring myself to defile the sanctity of a game well made.
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14. Board Game: Toscana [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5378]
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This looks like a cool little game, with delightful graphics, and awesome meeples.

Update:  7  The theme for this game is entirely dispensable; the graphics are superb! Toscana is a strategic game, giving great control to the players. There is a certain cadence to the game, but it offers with it an interesting mix of investing and divesting to profit opportunistically. Pretty cool!
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15. Board Game: Die Weinhändler [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3364]
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More of an abstract game of set collection. You get points for acquiring sets of wine bottles and bonus points if you can stack them in your "cellar" in particular ways.
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16. Board Game: Das Weinquiz [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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17. Board Game: Vinarius [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Oenologus [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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19. Board Game: Les Vins de France: The Game of French Wine & Food [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
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I'm very fond of this wine game. I even wrote a review.

As I said in my conclusion:

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While the game itself is not that deep, and the decisions you need to make tend to fall into the reasonably obvious, the game's rich theme amply makes up for it.

The game is well researched and the wines and meals on the menus are excellent representative examples of what you would expect to find when one travels in France. It also doesn't outlast its welcome - a complete game only takes about an hour or so.

Some of life's best moments are when you're with friends around the dinner table; this game really gets people talking about good food and wine. I found Les Vins de France quite engaging for that reason, and look forward to playing it again.
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20. Board Game: King's Vineyard [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:13075]
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This looks like a relatively simple, but interesting game. I look forward to trying it out.
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21. Board Game: Die Weinhändler [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:13359]
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I think this game could have been about transporting any commodity up and down any river, but as it turns out, wine and the Loire were the chosen subjects.
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22. Board Game: Wine Cellar [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Das Weinquiz [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: The Grape Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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25. Board Game: Worldwide Wines [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
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