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A New Era of Wine Elitism at WSJ?

As many of you out there may already know, the Wall Street Journal has two new writers heading up its long-standing wine column: Food & Wine magazine alumnus Lettie Teague, and “Bright Lights, Big City” author Jay McInerney. They replace John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter, who often championed the budding wine enthusiast and offered budget Read more…

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Bordeaux: Want to Get Ripped-Off? Buy Some 2009 First Growth Bordeaux!

There’s a lot of hype building around the most recent Bordeaux vintage. What’s interesting about that last sentence is that I could have written it any year over the past few years, during which it seems as though the media covering Bordeaux’s en premier events has declared more “vintages of the decade” in Bordeaux than Read more…

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Many Unhappy Returns: The Dark Art of Sending Wine Back At A Restaurant

Ever wonder if it’s okay to send a wine back at a restaurant if you don’t like it (the wine that is, not the restaurant)? Well, there’s a simple answer, my friend: It’s not. Sending wine back because it’s not to your tastes is like ordering a beet salad, discovering after two bites that you Read more…

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