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6 Things You Should Never Say in a Wine Shop

"Smooth" is not, and never will be, a real tasting note. It is, however, a type of criminal.
07/07/2015 12:20pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

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Contrary to popular belief, it's possible to love wine without learning a completely different language. But that doesn't mean you should walk into your local wine shop sounding like a total chump.

That's why we tapped the mind of author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk -- whose three decades in the wine business include hosting Wine Library TV -- to lay out the things you should never say in a wine shop, unless you want to sound like a idiot.

"Is this wine smooth?"
"Smooth" is not, and never will be, a real tasting note. It is, however, a type of criminal.

"I don't like dry wines."
In wine, "dry" is the opposite of "sweet." Do you mean that you don't like tannic wines that dry your mouth out?

"Doesn't the screw cap mean it's cheap?"
No. No it doesn't.

"Is this only on display because you're trying to get rid of it?"
I don't even... we're trying to get rid of everything. That's what stores do.

"Do you have, like, a $10 Champagne?"
No. There's no such thing. But let's talk about prosecco...

"I only buy 90+ point wines."
Do you only watch movies with 90+ points on Rotten Tomatoes, too? Because you're missing out on the wonders of Point Break.

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