Dr. Vinny's Favorite Questions of 2017

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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, but you can call me Vinny. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the fine points of etiquette to the science of winemaking. And don't worry, I'm no wine snob—you can also ask me those "dumb questions" you're too embarrased to ask your wine geek friends! I hope you find my answers educational, empowering and even amusing. And don't forget to check out my most asked questions and my full archives for all my Q&A classics.

My favorite thing about being Dr. Vinny (for 12 years now!) is that while there are some common threads in the hundreds of questions I get a year, my readers never fail to surprise me. It’s one of the magical (and maddening) things about wine: The topic can be endless.

Here are my 10 favorite questions that I’ve answered in 2017. Some of these were fun to research—like the time I stood over my kitchen sink and poured shot glass after shot glass into the punt of the bottles of wine I had at home. Some are just plain fun to write, like tactfully breaking it to someone that they might be a wine snob, or explaining why things taste differently than they smell.

Thank you all for making this the best job a cartoon character of a wine advice columnist could ever hope for. And be sure to check out my most-viewed questions of 2017 as well!

1. I get upset when people who like sweet wines call themselves "wine lovers." Am I a wine snob?

2. Will the punt of an average wine bottle hold a 1-ounce shot?

3. Can I feed my leftover grape stems and skins to the deer?

4. Why do some wines "pop" when they're opened and others don't?

5. Can I get a hangover from taking wine at communion?

6. Did California wineries once make wines called "Cabernet Blanc"?

7. Why is there air inside wine bottles?

8. If I eat a food made with wine, will it show up on a Breathalyzer test?

9. Why do some wines taste different than they smell?

10. What's the proper etiquette for requesting that a dirty wineglass be replaced at a dinner party?

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