Many mainstream wine writers would have you believe that credibility and the ability to analyze a wine is a tenured position at Wine Critic University, available only after having earned a PhD in the Vinous Arts, an honor bestowed after a long career of analyzing and contemplating wine in all of its historical majesty.
Whether by accident or by design, connoisseurs have made the world of wine intimidating to even the most sophisticated city dweller. Wine tasting clubs are the quickest way to uncork the mystique, and one former vodka aficionado has created an inner city group that is doing just that, one glass at a time.
Iconic news anchor Walter Cronkite passed away this summer. Amongst the many praises and remembrances of his character and career, one thing stuck out -- he never made himself the story. Cronkite was a trusted conveyor of information, always heralded for his objectivity.
Shelf talkers are small informational marketing pieces that are affixed to the displays where wine is sold. As Robert Dwyer discovers, however, even large retailers like Costco and Wine.com can use these materials deceptively.
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