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Wine Movies

Do not ever mention the movies Sideways or Bottle Shock in a tasting room. Whatever interesting or funny comment you think you have, trust me, they do not want to hear it......and they have more than likely heard it before.

I have spent much time in the area where Sideways was filmed. I was excited when the movie first came out because I had heard they were at many of the places I know all too well and was excited to see the places on film. I am sure there was much excitement in the Santa Barbara County / Santa ...

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Bar Hogs!

Bar Hogs!

That's right, bar hogs! You know what I'm talking about. We have all seen in a busy tasting room one of those guys; and yes, they are typically male in gender from my experience. This is the guy that takes his place at the bar and firmly protects it like a prison guard working the tower over the yard. Wide stance, heaving leaning, oblivious to others, and/or wide elbows are his trademark.

I do not know what is going through this persons head that they have such a scarcity mentality. As if the tasting room will ...

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This poses an interesting question. If you ask most people, what is important when wine tasting,  they will typically respond "the wine." People often see that a particular wine received a high score from somebody in some magazine and now they want to visit that tasting room or winery. Something to consider, if you have done this yourself, is whether a tasting room poured that high scoring wine? In many cases when a winery obtains a high score, the winery will  stop serving it in the tasting room because they know it will sell anyway, or exclusive to club members ...

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You Might Be A WIne Geek If......

You might be a wine geek if.....you have a wine map in your car, you have a wine barrel for no apparent reason, you are on a first name basis with the UPS man, you keep a wine opener in your car, a winery knows you by name, you cringe when you see or hear White Zinfandel,

you pick your meal based on the wine you want, you own wine that you forgot about, you tag your wine, if you have a winemakers autograph, if it takes you several minutes to pick a bottle of wine, you have "Tuesday ...

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