John Venables
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Andy Andersen
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Have not played either, but my wife has ordered me to buy Vinhos because it is more aesthetically pleasing. Also seems to get more positives here on BGG.
 
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Richard Ham
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Vinhos - heavy heavy heavy, solid and complex. Great 2p and more.

Grand Cru - medium weight, extremely tight resource management. Not so great 2 player with the heavy focus on auctions, imo.
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Alan Goodrich
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I have not played Grand Cru, but from what I've read it seems like it might have some balance issues. Vinhos I have played, and it is very heavy - if you like heavy Euros, you will be in heaven, but if you don't, it could be overwhelming.
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Maxfield Stewart
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I've not played Vinhos (cannot find a copy in US). But I own Grand Cru. Grand Cru is a great medium weight game. It combines role selection with good auction mechanics and a fairly lightweight but easy to follow economic engine. It's a very tight game, where players will feel hard pressed to make progress (but not impossibly so). It plays pretty well as a 2 player game though in a 2 player game the auction mechanic is a little less restricting (and the first player marker more important). It scales very well to 5 players and suitably embellishes itself in the theme.

It has the bonus that its very easy to teach.

I'd love to try Vinhos and it'd be hard to make any kind of comparison without having played it so I'll refrain and just offer that Grand Cru is better than most seem to give it credit for here.
 
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Portland
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I have played both games. I enjoyed both but prefer Vinhos a bit over Grand Cru.

Vinhos has high replay value, many paths to victory, balanced, and deep.
 
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