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  • A term of praise to signify wine of superior quality. A notion pprevails that the grapes in comet years are better in flavor than in other years, either becase it is warmer and ripens them better, or because the comets themselves exercise some chemical influence on them. Thus, wines of the years 1811, 1826, 1839, 1845, 1852, 1858, 1861, et. al, have a repute.
    Ebenezer Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1887

    February 4, 2009