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winebibber (WYN-bib-uhr) noun

One who drinks much wine.

[From Middle English wine + bib (to drink).]

"For devoted winebibber Thomas Jefferson, who drank the First Growths of Bordeaux (Lafite, Latour, Haut-Brion, Margaux) even before they were classified as such in 1855, one of his keenest disappointments was the failure to establish vineyards at Monticello." Barbara Ensrud, Jefferson Would Be Proud, The Wall Street Journal (New York), Aug 1, 1997.

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