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The 1982 vintage in Bordeaux is generally regarded as the one that brought world attention to Grand Cru Classe wines. In fact, the success that year, and in successive acclaimed vintages, may have had little to do with perfect climatic conditions but a range of other factors.
 
The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction.
 
Mario: Plumber who conquered the world
Take that, Pokemon. To promote the 2020 Tokyo Games, the Japanese premier (left) turned up at the Olympic closing ceremony dressed as Mario, the eponymous hero of the popular video game series created in 1985.
 
Lebanon lit up
A woman releases a paper lantern during the Lebanon Lantern Festival at Ramlet al Bayda public beach in Beirut, Saturday, Aug. 20
 
The sweet wines of Hungary from the eponymous region of Tokaj were once the most prestigious, and most expensive, in the world. How vinous fashions change. The wines of Tokaj changed -- in a downward direction -- under Communism.
 
'Pokemon Go' players crowd Beitou Park
Crowds of "Pokemon Go" players cram into Beitou Park, Taipei, Friday, Aug. 19. Even late at night, the park has become a hot venue for capturing virtual pocket monsters, attracting many players.
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Flying high
Hot-air balloons rise into the sky over the Hsinchu City grasslands, early Saturday morning, Aug. 20. The hot-air balloon event attracted more than 10,000 people, many happy to take photos of the scenery despite failing to secure one of the free rides being offered.
 
The world's premier cool climate wine conference was held in the UK for the first time late in May, a sign of the increased recognition of the country's wine industry.
 
Holy Hindu rituals
Young Nepalese Hindu priests bathe as a part of holy rituals during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Thursday, Aug. 18.
 
Greasy poles
Indonesian men climb greased poles to retrieve prizes during the Independence Day festivities at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 17.
 
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