The best tool you have, your most powerful front-line ally in this battle between your palate and the world of wine, is a great retailer. You might think it is safe to stay behind the glass walls of your favorite critic, but guess what? Your favorite critic will never learn anything about your palate and your favorite retailer might.
Having a retailer who takes the time to get to know your likes and dislikes is invaluable and will save you money in the long run. He or she can turn you on to things you otherwise would never have tried. A lesser retailer will sell you points based on someone else’s opinion.
Take your pick. And when you’re tired of the same old crap, pay the extra dollar or two per bottle and start forming a relationship with retailers who care.
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