How To Ignore The Wine List — The Info You Need To Get The Wine You Want

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How To Ignore The Wine List — The Info You Need To Get The Wine You Want

Let’s be honest. Looking at a wine list is scary as hell. You sit down at a restaurant or a wine bar with your friends, your date, your whoever, and there it is — the dreaded wine list. You like wine, but deciphering a wine list that may as well be written in Latin is a task you’d rather not deal with.

The truth is, it’s not your fault. The restaurant industry is failing consumers when it comes to wine. Many wine lists are terribly structured, with only the producer, the region, and the vintage written on the list. To wine lovers (but not the wine-obsessed), these terms might not mean anything. In fact, even menus that list the grape varietal aren’t very helpful. Sure, you might know you like Chardonnay, but how do you know what kind of Chardonnay it is? Chablis is very different from California Chardonnay, for example, but not everyone knows that — and that’s not their fault.

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