When A Wine “Award” Is Not An Award

A couple years ago, The New York Times writer Amanda Hester noticed that it wasn't real tough for restaurants to get a wine list "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine.  I want to mention it here because it illustrates a point that needs making when you're thinking about what wine to order in a restaurant (or in a retail store for that matter), and why. Hester wrote: "...with such a large number of winners, perhaps competition is too strong a word. Of the 3,360 awards granted this year, from a pool of 3,573 entrants, 2,808 received the basic award. Only the winners of the Grand Award, the magazine's top award, of which there are 89 this year, are ever…

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Buying Wine…Made Easier

Your first step is to figure out how much you want to spend. So take a few minutes to consider how much wine you want and what you'll use it for (yes, to drink, but...). For example, you may want to stock up for a holiday party, or you'd like some bottles to make up some wine gift baskets. Or perhaps you just want the convenience of having a case or three in the basement so you don't have to go back to the store every few days. Or maybe you're having a dinner party for eight and want to pair some wines with the courses you'll serve, a great idea! The biggest challenge to the novice wine buyer is…

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