Wine educator David Mayer pours glasses of 2017 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel for guests at the Inglenook winery Friday, June 12, 2020, in Rutherford, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP Photo.
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The risks and rules of the wine trade

Making the wine world your business comes with the requisite risks that being exposed to alcohol all the time can bring. It is important to develop rules that will help you stay safe and sober enough to do your job well.

Winemaker Amelie Neaux at Saumur-Champigny, France, April 2022. Credit: Malcolm Jolley.
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Five New Year's resolutions for writing about wine

Wine does not make itself, and the story of the people who make the wine is the real story of the wine. It’s easy to forget this and get caught up in geography, climate, grape variety, cellar equipment, or whatever else and forget about the minds that make the decisions about what ends up in the glass.

In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo a shopper looks over the wine at King & Godfree, one of Australia's oldest licensed grocery stores in, Melbourne, Australia. Mal Fairclough/AP Photo.
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A wino's guide to gifting wine

After determining price, wine gifts could be divided into two broad categories: boring or weird. These terms are meant affectionately and might be more euphemistically called dependable or novel.