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Wine: you are an expert, really

Wine events that let tasters discover things for themselves are surely the way to introduce them to the finer features of what they are drinking

Imagine a traditional wine tasting: a connoisseur holding forth about the marvels of this particular vintage while people clutch their glasses nervously, trying to find on their own palates the declared breed, typicity and terroir this wine is said to show. The trouble with these traditional tastings is that it can leave anxious drinkers aware of the tremendous gap between what the expert knows and what they can experience for themselves. Talk such as—“this is a tight-knit Bordeaux with good tannin management and some spicy oak”— can leave you feeling like an outsider.

Fortunately, things are changing. Producers…

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