A good retailer can offer helpful service, such as:
Find a good retailer through the Wine Spectator Online Retailer Database and wine-knowledgeable friends.
The sommelier can be your greatest ally, especially if you communicate:
The traditional serving ceremony provides the opportunity to:
Return a bottle if it's corked or spoiled, or isn't as described, by mentioning your concern and asking the sommelier to taste the wine.
Buy wine by-the-glass - experiment or please...
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