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Posted by Stephen Meuse  May 30, 2012 08:33 AM

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02 wave goodbye.jpgToday's wine column is my last for the Boston Globe. In it I reflect a bit on what has and hasn't changed in the fifteen years I've been writing the column.  I offer heartfelt thanks to readers who have followed my writing over the years.  

It's always been my view that cultivating a certain sensibility toward wine is a better path to a more satisfying drinking experience than being pointed to specific bottles.  And while it may be somewhat limiting to be exposed to a single perspective, it also strikes me that   one consistent viewpoint can be preferable to the variety of opinions that emanate from a tasting panel or committee -- often conflicting and rarely offering any clear direction.  

The piece of advice I've given most frequently to readers who want to take their wine experience to a higher level has been this: Find a local wine shop where the staff is knowledgable and passionate and be loyal to it.  It probably doesn't hurt to repeat it as I say so long. 

The next post you read here will be contributed by Ellen Bhang, an experienced wine taster and lively writer (her work has appeared in Food section in recent years). She has a keen eye for a good story and I'm certain you will find her take on the peculiar and ever-changing  world of wine an engaging one.  Look for her piece on pinks to appear in the Food section on June 27.  

Toodle-oo.

Stephen Meuse can be reached at sm@tableintime.com

Ellen Bhang

About By the Glass

Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at bytheglass@globe.com.

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