Although wine tasting sounds like a vacation, for experts in the field it's a profession that requires a keen palate and intense focus. There are exams, inventory and a number of other factors that make being a wine pro in a city with an ever-expanding culinary scene much more taxing than the fees on a nice bottle of cabernet. Plus, there's always the occasional tasting guest who requires assistance. In short, sommeliers and wine business owners need a drink sometimes, too. And while intimidating jargon and strict tasting rules are often associated with the wine world, Eater got to chat with some down-to-earth sommeliers, wine bar owners and all-around oenophiles who tell us where they go for a glass of wine when they're off work. The rule: They can't choose the establishment with which they're associated.
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