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    How to Squeeeeeze the Best Value Out of a Restaurant or Lounge Wine List

    By Kirk Peterson

    The vast number of wine options (and the cost associated!) at restaurants can be intimidating. Keep in mind these guidelines and you’ll have a better chance of finding a wine you’ll enjoy for a price you’re willing to pay.

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    Dispelling a Few Wine Myths

    By Kirk Peterson, Advanced Sommelier

    Few areas of human endeavorare more burdened with myth, exaggeration and misinformation than wine. Here are a few simple and effective ways to make the most of your wine-drinking experience, courtesy of beverage director and certified sommelier Kirk Peterson of B&B Hospitality Group Las Vegas.

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    Somms in the Kitchen, Chefs in the Caves

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    Wine and food go together so naturally. Are there any sommeliers in the kitchens of Las Vegas restaurants?

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    What to Drink in 2014, And How to Keep it Cold

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    This year we will see the evolution of California chardonnay and pinot noir come full circle.

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    The Best Wines for Your Thanksgiving

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    Every Thanksgiving, the same boring wines are suggested: rosé, gewürztraminer and Beaujolais. What are some other options?

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    The Hottest New Wine Clubs, And Avoiding the Pitfalls of BYOB

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    My favorite wine-delivery club shut down! I want a unique wine club, not some crappy bulk-wine club. Please help me fill this void in my life.

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    Ask a Somm: Master Sommelier Exam

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    Four of the world’s best wine tasters stare at me as I sit before six unmarked wines. They’re waiting for me to identify each, and I’m terrified. I pick up my first glass, and I feel my hand trembling. As I smelled and tasted the reds, I thought, “I don’t smell anything, and I can taste the sweat dripping from my face into my mouth.”

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    Ask a Somm: Awards and Wine Allergies

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    “Every restaurant seems to boast having this award or that. What goes into these awards, and what do they mean for me, the wine customer?” Those fashionable awards hung in dining rooms around the world are likely Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards, Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurant Awards and—if they’re lucky—the coveted Michelin star.

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    Ask a Somm: Understanding Jug and Box Wines

    By Lindsey Whipple, Advanced Sommelier

    Are jug and box wines safe to drink? The labels are so vague. Jug and box wine fall into the bulk-wine production category, which has the loosest laws regarding its production. Bulk wines sold in the U.S. are required to state the country of origin, sub-appellation and type of wine on the label. If you are lucky, they’ll also put the grape variety and vintage date. Such room for manipulations and the comparative lack of labeling requirements leave consumers to wonder what exactly is in the wine.

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