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Dear Dr. Vinny,

If I can't see the label on the wine bottle, is it OK to ask what wine we are drinking? Or might this be a breach of etiquette?

—Ken R., Vancouver, British Columbia

Dear Ken,

Of course you should ask! (Unless, of course, it's a blind tasting.) It's better to be inquisitive and educated than timid and ignorant. Wine geeks are notorious for scribbling wine-stained tasting notes, including the exact name and vintage of the bottle in front of them.

—Dr. Vinny

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