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Tipping And Corkage Fee

How much would you tip, if the corkage fee ($85) was waived. We had 2 glasses of champagne ($60) and the total bill came out to be $400. The bottle of wine was a gift and probably cost $400 when bought, now retails for $800. It would probably run $2000 assuming it's even available at a restaurant - most don't carry it in their cellar. Needless to say, I don't usually bring wine nor do I drink anything close to this price range. This was a once in a lifetime thing and will probably never happen again. Although it may seem so, I don't have money to throw around. But, I don't want to under tip either. What's the proper etiquette in this case.

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Camus Napoleon Cognac

i have a bottle of an unopened cognac. from 1977 camus napoleon cognac, w/ the original box and seal. i was wondering how much the bottle is worth. my mother purchased it from lisbon portugal in the 70s.

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Trends

what are the new trends and innovations in the wines segment? especially in respect with the young generation. what do people usually prefer?

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Found A Bottle Of Pinot Noir, Is It Still Good?

I recently began renovation on my home and found a 1999 Windsor Vineyards Signature Series Pinot Noir on top of a cabinet. It has been on it's side up there collecting dust for at least the last 8 years and I'm wondering if it is worth opening up or is 9 years too long for a Pinot Noir to sit in it's bottle. The cork has not dried out and I keep my house at about 68-75 degrees all year. Thanks, Michael

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To Drink Or Hold

I am at the point in my wine education where I struggle to drink or lay down certain wines. Of course I would love to afford a case and try one each year, but hey I am a working sap. Can you advise on CA Pinot, CA Syrah, and ZIN holding practices? And better yet, who is the best person to consult on specifc wines?

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Merlot, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer, And Muscat Win

Please describe to the best of your ability the difference between Merlot, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat wines? (For example: What is the difference in PRICE? What is the difference in the origin of the grapes? What is the difference in sweetness/acidity?

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Do You Tip The Server At Wineries?

We recently went to a local winery where there was free tastings & tours. I noticed another customer leaving a tip on the counter & I was wondering if this is an accepted procedure & what the customary amount?

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Kir

What is Kir, and how would you prepare it? I have heard that the recipe calls for sparking white wine and a liquor. However I don't know what the liquor is. Please clarify. Thanks!

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Wine Aging In Magnum

I have some magnums of 2005 Chateauneuf du Papes. If these were normal size bottles, I would think about opening them in 5-7 years. But what effect does the larger bottle size have on wine evolution? Should I wait twice as long to open since the bottle is twice as large?

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