No, It’s Somm-Thing Else

So, you’re studying to become a sommelier? Uh, no. Not exactly. Since I started formal wine studies five years ago I’ve answered this question approximately seven gajillion times. At first it made me nuts, but I’ve gotten used to it. I know as well as most folks in the wine industry that the majority of […]

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Look Who’s Coming To Dinner: Bad Wine

In recent months friends have asked me for help in negotiating restaurant wine lists, usually in anticipation of an important work event or a special birthday celebration. I’ve done my best to steer them this way and that and so far, knock wood, things have gone well on the day in question. A few days […]

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Is Wine Service Sexist?

A few nights ago my family and I enjoyed dinner at a popular San Francisco restaurant. The ambience, food, and service were impeccable. Or so we thought. With our entrees my wife and I ordered a half bottle of 2009 Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres. When the sommelier brought the bottle he presented the […]

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