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Another Tipping Question

I like your e-newsletter, and enjoy the Q & A part -- especially this week's question about tipping the sommelier. A similar subject came up this weekend amongst a group of ladies at a ladies night out concerning tipping. I'll skip the "are you supposed to tip a hairdresser if she/he is the owner of the salon" but will leave you with this question instead -- which caused a heated debate: When you get a bill at a restaurant, do you tip on alcohol? What if you order a bottle of $100 champagne and only have a salad, for example. The bill is $130 (say a salad each) -- do you tip on the entire check? OK, so probably not the best example, but you get the point, right? Would LOVE to know the answer to this (if nothing else, but to brag about how smart I really am!) LOL. seriously, LOL. Thanks again -- I appreciate your site -- and tell folks all about it every chance I get -- ok, maybe not that much, but when the subject of wine comes up (and that seems to be a

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Tipping Etiquette

When asking a sommelier for a wine recommendation with a meal, is it appropriate to tip the sommelier? If so, is it a separate tip from the server? Thanks

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Petite Sirah & Syrah

What is the difference between Petite Sirah and Syrah? Thank you.

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Wine Selection For Office Dinner

Which wines would you select/suggest for a small office dinner (12 people) at a restaurant, each having different taste? I don't have a budget, but would like to stay in the middle and the restaurants wine list is massive. The question really is how would you start, possibly a mixture of reds, whites, maybe a blend. Is there a general way of deciding what to serve to people I am just now getting to know?

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Whats Better For You ?

i am a huge wine lover my favorite ever day wine is pino grigio and i my favorit red wine is merlot which wine has more calories ?

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Do Wines Need To Be Kept In A Wine Cooler

Ok here I go Why would someone NEED a wine cooler / \"frig\" ? I guess my question is should I buy one or not. Home D has a few nices ones in there close out section. They kee the wine from 50-70 degress and that range is selectable. I do not have any really good wines in my collection. The best I have is a bottle of Ruthaford Hill Merlot. So help me save money here. Do I buy one and put all my wines in it? or do I not buy one and just keep them in the wine rack? Thanks Mark

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Gift Idea

i have a girl friend and she says her parents know thier wine(not sure to what extent), this is our first holiday season together and i was wondering if a box set of Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay would be an acceptable gift. they are nice people but i dont want to seem cheap, will that combination be ok? does it taste good or just good for the price? if this is a bad idea what can you recomend?

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Rose Bushes

Why do most vineyards have rose bushes at the end of the vine rows?

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Pickling Fish

what is the best wine for pickling fish?

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