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Gus Clemens: What to do when the sommelier hands you a wine cork

In wine writer Gus Clemens’ latest Report News column, he helps readers understand once and for all what you’re supposed to do with a cork that a sommelier or server presents to you upon opening the bottle. The uncorking ritual is done so you can verify that the correct bottle is being opened and that it is satisfactory. Unless you would like to save the cork for personal reasons, he explains “the standard response is simple: do not do anything. Don’t smell it, don’t carefully examine it, don’t taste it. Ask the somm to take it away. Finally, something really simple about wine.” He then offers recommendations of wines, including the Guigal Saint-Joseph Rouge 2015, which he playfully mentions comes from the “wine magicians of the northern Rhône.” You can read the full story here.

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    Saint-Joseph today is one of the most exciting appellations in the Rhone Valley, and dare we say all of France. The work by leading producers such as Guigal, energy from young growers, and recognition (really, re-discovery) of sites capable of making wines of extraordinary depth and complexity; of the same family as its famous neighbor in Hermitage, but with a distinct suppleness and elegance.

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