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What's that aroma? How to talk about wine in your own words

What's that aroma? How to talk about wine in your own words

Years ago at a dinner party in a fairly swanky restaurant, I had a revelation about wine talk, the formality of service, and the nature of communication. I know — big revelation. It was a declaration by a spiky-haired sommelier that helped me turn a corner. When I first saw him, I felt a pang of Doogie Howser-paranoia, not for his edgy look but for his baby face. I wondered how this kid was going to pick wines for us when he appeared to be about 21 years and 25 seconds old. He soon put me at ease. He was not smiley, and he didn't make a lot of eye contact, but still I got the feeling that he was respectful of us, and his job, and it was all kind of refreshing. He walked the...

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