In his July 6 column, New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov raised the thorny subject of sommeliers sampling from bottles of wine before pouring for the customer, prompting feedback both for and against the practice. I asked a few noted wine 
professionals to share their views:
 John Szabo M.S., wine consultant: “My position [and that of the Court of Master Sommeliers] is that the sommelier should never taste a customer’s wine unless expressly asked to do so. While a trained ...

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