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Wine for Your Valentine

Avoid the plonk* this Valentine’s Day and invest in a little viticultural primer like The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson. Valenwine: it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

This slim guide helps you choose a good bottle, serve it properly (step away from the mason jar): think: decanting, breathing, pouring, tasting, and pair wine with your meal. While there are sadly, no suggested pairings for Cocoa Puffs, there is a heady chapter on describing wine with common tasting terms, many of which I have never before encountered in the wild. To wit: baked, chewy, hollow, inky, and racy. Don’t get caught with flabby wine, people. That’s what the Cocoa Puffs are for. And y’all can grab your vintage at The Goat.

It even has a fairly useless chapter on storing your leftovers – as if humans actually do that.

And once you’ve kissed enough fruity frogs and found your true wine love at long last, better case than sorry.

– Kelley, Bookseller

*Cheap wine (New knowledge!)

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