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Wine dinners: Where the good times flow

Part lecture and part party, restaurant-hosted wine dinners are a deal for lovers of good food and conversation--and the wine’s not bad, either. Here’s how to get a seat at one and what to expect.

IT MAY ONCE HAVE BEEN enough for a winemaker to tend to his vines and barrels, to prune, plow, and keep an eye out for downy mildew. But today few winemakers have the luxury of sticking to their knitting or their properties — they’ve got to press the flesh as well as the grapes.

So, like congressmen who know all politics is local, winemakers all over the world have accustomed themselves to a yearly round of off-season travel, one that brings them face to face not only with distributors, retailers, and other wine trade insiders, but with the consumers who actually buy their wine and drink it. The most likely venue for such meet-ups: the restaurant-hosted wine dinner.

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