Sometimes the choices we are offered come to us in unusual and surprising ways. When you consider the wines you choose from at your local store, you might be surprised at how influential wine critics can be, not only in helping you make your choices, but in limiting what choices you are offered to make as well.

In some ways, sommeliers - good sommeliers - are the antithesis of the wine critic. Yes, they are both gatekeepers, but while the wine critic serves to narrow your selection, the best sommeliers expand it. And not only what we are offered, but what the marketplace wants!