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Re: “Quit W(h)ining

But fly, the kind and level of service at the different types of stores is the point. You can get both good information and wrong advice from the clerk who says more than "huh?" A clerk tried to tell me that two different wine varietals were "the same" grape; they weren't. When wine is part of everyday life, as it is in non-blue-law states, you will realize that the phobias people have about serving the "wrong" wine with a menu are over-rated. Information on wine and food pairings, should that be your interest, is readily available from books and the internet or from your own experience (it's your palate that matters, not what someone else thinks). The wine that truly sings with a whole menu is rare. Take a bite of bread, a sip of water between the wine and the "un-matching" food, and relax. Learn what works for you; you don't need a clerk, who may be motivated to clear a shelf more than give a true answer.

Posted by Kathy Ladner on 03/13/2009 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Quit W(h)ining

The "anti" arguments do not make sense to people who have ever lived outside of TN. When I lived in California, one could buy wine everywhere: at boutique wine stores, supermarkets, Mom and Pop corner markets, special wine-focused discount stores, and wine departments of big-box type stores. It did not seem that any of these models ever hurt the business of the others. I have fond memories of a corner market with a better wine selection than most, whose Indian proprietor would give you his personal kitchen spices if he had none to sell on the shelf. He was not put out of business by WalMart or Costco or any such enemy of the overly politically correct, but by the huge amount of stock he lost when an earthquake trashed his store. My preference is often for the small and the quirky rather than the Big Box, but the little guys have to be able to do the job. The Costco and Cost Plus there often stored their wines at more appropriate temperatures/light levels than some of the pricier boutique vendors.

Posted by Kathy Ladner on 03/12/2009 at 7:31 PM
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