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How to Buy Wine
Jane, April 2006

You're in the wine shop staring at about a billion bottles. None of it makes sense, so you go for your old standby: Yellow Tail Shiraz. You've seen the ads, it tastes all right and it's cheap -- but dang, it's played. "The trick to learning about wine," says master sommelier Alpana Singh, "is to try as many as possible." Go back to the store. Tell the seller which ones you loved and have her make more recs based on that report. Repeat. It's like having a personal shopper -- like what we've done for you here.