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Wine Experts Share Tips To Help You Fake Your Way Through Your Next Dinner Party

List RulesWine lovers only: vote up the most useful tips.

"What wine goes with Cap'n Crunch?" the late comedian George Carlin once asked. Not everyone is an oenophile, but somebody who offers wine advice has probably answered that question. Connoisseurs who do things with wine for a living, such as sommeliers and wine consultants, are usually happy to share their knowledge of pinot noir, sauvignon blac, and tannins with people who are intimidated by wine lists and/or fancy French words. They just want you to enjoy the fruits of the vine as much as they do.

Wine experts on Reddit have taken part in AMAs about their favorite subject, answering questions from both wine newbies and people who already know what a punt is (the indentation or dimple at the bottom of a glass wine bottle).

They offer advice on everything from the best cheap wines to which wine you should pair with asparagus. Cheers to them for not only offering helpful tips, but also for reminding us that the world of wine is for everyone, not just people who can afford the most expensive bottles. 

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    6 VOTES

    Pair With The Sauce Rather Than The Meat

    From Redditor /u/connie_con_con:

    Many wine experts suggest pairing with the sauce instead of the meat.

    Because cod is so delicate, this is probably the best route. Maybe a rose would give... the best of both worlds.

    Good advice?
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    4 VOTES

    How To Pick Wine For A Holiday Party

    Question from Redditor /u/ tontovila :

    If someone says "bring a bottle of wine" for Christmas or Thanksgiving, how do I pick one? I don't drink wine...

    Answer from Redditor /u/DustyBosie:

    Thanksgiving wine I'd say is up there with one of the most difficult pairings to make, primarily because it's a table full of competing flavors. You have the turkey (and who knows how it's been prepared), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, freaking cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, parsnips, and those are all big bold flavors...

    Your best bet for Thanksgiving... would be something elegent and laid back. A Willamette or Loire pinot noir would be pretty ideal... [S]omething that will... not try to [compete with] the food for attention.

    [For] Christmas though, Zinfandel! Find a big... bottle of velvety, f*ck-the-snow zinfandel, save it for dessert in front of the fire, and tell every embarrassing family story you can think of.

    Good advice?
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    3 VOTES

    Let Your Own Tastebuds Tell You What's Good

    From Redditor /u/DustyBoise:

    [T]aste is exceptionally subjective. Wine is a lot like music. I could tell you that I Am the Movie by Motion City Soundtrack is an amazing album, but if you don't like high-energy stuff with tons of synthesizers talking about mental struggles, then that recommendation doesn't mean anything to you.

    When a wine expert says an ultratannic cabernet from Napa is world-class or 100 points, they're using their own palate as the benchmark for that rating. But that doesn't mean you're wrong for completely disagreeing with them.

    I personally don't read any wine reviews. I'd much rather taste a wine for myself and know I like it for my own reasons. And when people tell me what they like and why they like it, it makes those wines the best wines in the world for them...

    Also, taste buds change as you grow older, [which] causes our palate to change along with them.

    Good advice?
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    3 VOTES

    White Wine Is Best Had Within Three Days Of Opening It

    Question from Redditor /u/NotaSpyatall:

    How long does white wine last after you have opened it?

    Answer from Redditor /u/DustyBosie:

    Usually about two days. It can maybe go three, but just depends how picky you are.

    Good advice?