Make Olivia Pope Proud! How To Instantly Become a Wine Connoisseur

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Upgrade your wine style with three easy steps.

Stop making excuses. You too can sip wine like a pro. Upgrade your wine style with three easy steps.

Take Your Wine Club Membership to the Next Level
This is not your aunt’s wine of the month club. Sign up for Firstleaf (a partner of ESSENCE parent company Time Inc) and you'll be able to submit your preferences, and rate the personalized wines you receive. Are you particular about your pinot? No worries. Firstleaf members can preview their wine picks before each shipment, swap out any bottle, and pick the delivery date and frequency. And, did we mention members are saving up to 60-percent on retail prices? Um, winning. Click here for a special three-bottle starter pack for ESSENCE readers.

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Host a Wine Tasting
You’re not going to know which wines you love if you don’t taste, taste, and taste some more. Hosting a wine tasting is an easy way to catch up with good girlfriends and step up your wine-selection game. (Hint: It’s the perfect bridal shower or birthday part theme.) For steps on how to host your first wine tasting soiree, check out this simple guide from FOOD & WINE.

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Study Your Pairing Basics
Did you know a salmon dish just isn’t the same without a silky white? Having a glass of red after a long workday is only the beginning. True wine connoisseurs know that a dinner dish isn’t complete without the perfect complementary wine.  For a guide to pairing basics you need to know now, click here.

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