Shopping for Wine

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January 1, 2009

Develop your palate one bottle at a time.

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Q. In the magazine and online, you have recommended some wines I’d really like to try. What’s the best way to track them down?

A. If you live in a state that permits it, you may be able to have wine shipped directly from a domestic winery or online merchant. For direct assistance, I prefer haunting local wine shops. In addition to a large selection from all over the world, look for at least these three things in a good shop:

  • Tastings: The very best way to learn.
  • Expertise: Can the staff clearly explain something you didn’t previously know about wine?
  • Comfort: Is the staff snootily inclined? If so, scoot on down the road. A wine shop should never be a no-fun zone.

By Charles Smothermon, a food and wine writer in Laurin, Mont.

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