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At Wine-Focused Restaurants, Embracing the Unknown


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The wine world is vast. And thanks to this work, Americans are beginning to make all sorts of discoveries


At Wine-Focused Restaurants, Embracing the Unknown



By David White (Bio and Archives) Tuesday, May 13, 2014

“Representing real people who make real wine has always been very important to me,” explained Danny Fisher, the general manager and beverage director of Ripple, a wine-focused restaurant in Washington, D.C. “When you’re drinking wine—or any kind of beverage, really—you want to know that someone has put time and effort into it. It shouldn’t be mass produced, toyed with, or manipulated.”


Fisher and I were chatting about the wisdom—or foolishness—of loading up a restaurant wine list with small-production, unfamiliar offerings


Sure, Americans have fallen for wine. We surpassed France as the world’s largest wine-consuming nation in 2010 and have been drinking more each year. But consumers still feel most comfortable with major grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. And most stick with easily recognized brands, like Duckhorn, Kendall-Jackson, and Chateau Ste. Michelle.Scissors-32x32.png


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