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It’s official: beer is better than wine. Okay, maybe that’s going a bit far, but it certainly can hold its own as a food pairing. Just ask the judges of a three-part “Beer vs. Wine” competition that pitted Stone Brewing Company against Napa Valley’s Trinchero Family Estates. Leading into last week’s third and final challenge, the score was split, beer having taken the first event in 2007; wine the second in 2008. This year, in a ritzy dinner hosted at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s El Bizcocho restaurant in San Diego on October 16, beer edged out wine by a single vote. Not the landslide we may have hoped for, but, hey, we’ll take it. Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch gloats over the victory here.