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Gimme A Red!

I am a big white wine fan, particularly Zinfandel, I know, yucky, but would like to branch out into the reds. Could you recommend a good red that I might like. I have not had any luck with the ones I have tried. I guess I am stuck on the sweetness of the zins. Thx.

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Aging Time For Bull's Blood

I have a friend who visited Hungary several years ago and brought back a bottle of Egri Bukaver (Bull's Blood), vintage 1999. She has not opened it yet, and I told her she may want to find out how long the wine can age, as it may have passed already. How long can one hold a bottle of Bull's Blood before it goes bad?

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Spicy Food And Wine

what works well with spicy food? I prefer beer with spicy food, but sometimes we prefer to drink wine.. any suggestions?

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Wine Glasses

Ok, I got the idea that the right glass enhances flavor and bouquet. But how is this more than a clever marketing ploy if all the glasses are different shapes? I checked Spiegelau, Schott Zwiesel, Riedel and Ravenscroft. Glass shapes range from tear-drop shaped to round and full (like the ones I already own). I have tried the Riedel shape that's full on the bottom and tapered toward the top. Call me a Freudian but I prefer the full, round shape...

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Wine Virgin

I have recently started to delve into the world of red wine. I do like the taste but am finding it a little too bitter/dry at times. Could you recommend a red wine (brand OR type i.e. shiraz, merlot, pinot noir etc.) that is sweeter but not nearly as sweet as those yucky Zinfandels? Please provide me with a few choices. I have heard that Port wine is the way to go. Any help would be appreciated.

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Definition Of Name

What exactly does it mean to call something a \"proprietary wine\"? Does it mean anything to different to call it a \"proprietary blend\"?

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New York Restaurants With Wine Dinners

Is there a list of nyc restaurants that offer pre fixe wine and food menus?

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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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