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Andrew Bell's Wine List 101

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. If your server can't help you, she or he will find the the wine director or the sommelier.
  • Bold, fruity, oaky, light, smoky, crisp ... Pick at least three adjectives that describe what you like in a wine and mention this to the sommelier or server.
  • When looking at the list or talking to the server or sommelier, initiate a price ceiling immediately.
  • Don't be intimidated by a hard-to pronounce grape or wine on the wine list. Point to it when ordering or ask a question about it.


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