Category Archives: Tasting Bar Tales

“Wine and Food Pairings, No Way!”—The Lady Doth Protest Too Much

What would you say if I told you that the concept of pairing wine with food is a farce? It doesn’t exist. It’s just a hoax, a ploy, a marketing scheme designed by the wine industry to suck the wallets … Continue reading

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Lipstick on His Collar? That’s Nothing—Try Lipstick on Her Wine Glass

I wrote an article a few years back on tasting room etiquette. One of the points I did not discuss was wearing lipstick. Well, I’ve been working in the wine business for seven years now, and after last weekend—and at … Continue reading

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The Ritual of the Cork

Nearly every time I open a bottle of white wine to pour in the tasting room, customers automatically take note of the screw cap. “Are you moving to screw caps?” they ask, with a puzzled, almost fearful look. “Don’t panic,” … Continue reading

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