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How to Navigate an Extensive Wine List

How to Navigate an Extensive Wine List

Advice from a professional sommelier

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You're out to dinner at a big ticket restaurant: The server fills your glass with the anticipated glass of fine sparkling water and hands you a three-ring binder with a 45-page wine list. You're in the mood for a high acid white (pages 12-20), followed by a light red (pages 22-30) to go with those crispy sweetbreads you were eyeing. You've narrowed your wine search to 18 pages, and then the server says, "Are you ready to order?" Your dinner companions are pleasantly arguing about "must-see" independent films, and you're stuck decoding a vertical of Barbera. How does one navigate such an extensive wine list? Here are three helpful suggestions.

1. Know what you like. Do you prefer more fruit or earth in a red? Are you partial to oaky whites, or not-so-oaky whites? Do you always begin a meal with Champagne or are you willing to experiment with a Gran Reserva Cava or vintage Franciacorta? Before you walk into a restaurant, devise a game plan.

2. Ask for help. You don't have to speak to a sommelier — some good restaurants don't have one, but most will have a token "wine dork." This person could be the manager of the restaurant, the bartender who buys the wine, or a server who has an obvious crush on Riesling.

3. Don't be afraid to experiment. Many diners buy that bottle of Pinot Noir from the same, familiar producer because they know it's a pretty good deal at $75 — that bottle is a safe choice, easy. But risk is fun, and wine is about taking risks.

So the next time you come face-to-face with a behemoth wine list just remember — know what you like, but be willing to ditch the plan, trust a stranger, and try something new.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


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