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BONUS MATERIAL

Wine Tips

ON WINE IN GENERAL:

Wine is like sex. People don’t want to admit they don’t really know a lot about it.

ON TIPS FOR WINE TASTING IN NAPA:

- “Appointment only” does not always mean appointment only. This one is huge. Napa County requires most wineries opened after 1990 to be appointment only – at least in name – but many, many tasting rooms handle it by letting visitors sign in for an instant appointment, and the county doesn’t seem to mind. There are exceptions, however. We’ll tell you if you need an appointment.

- Prices at wineries are generally a couple dollars more than at retail stores (unless there’s a sale) because they don’t want to undercut their frontline distributors. Our theory, however, is when you find something you want, buy it there. You’ll forget later. You will.

- Don’t take this personally, but, don’t be a smarty-pants. Don’t lecture tasting room servers on wine. There is nothing in it for you. You don’t need to impress them. They’ll treat you better if you’re just nice.

ON WINE’S MAGIC:

Sometimes there is just a spell. It’s the setting and the people, the weather and the light and the whole world around you. Surely it’s also the wine. Together, they create an alchemy, a sudden magic, when life in that place, at that instant, is profound and perfect. Maybe the next time, that same wine, the bottle right next to it on the shelf, won’t taste quite as good. For all the science and art in each bottle, wine is a creature of the moment, of circumstance, too.

ON GETTING AROUND NAPA VALLEY:

Turn right. Sounds dumb, but left turns out of a winery’s driveway on Highway 29 during busy times don’t exist. If you can, plan to go in one direction – particularly by mid-afternoon – and stay on one side of the highway, so you’ll always be turning right. If you absolutely insist on a left turn, here’s what you do: turn right anyway and go until there’s a left turn lane (or a middle lane) where you can pull in somewhere, turn around and go right again, back the way you wanted. Yes, it’s farther. Don’t be stubborn. If you wait for that left from a driveway, you’ll wait till nightfall.

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