More than just "cork dorks:" Local sommeliers explain what makes a wine great (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

The hallmark of a great wine, in his opinion, is one that gains complexity the longer it is in the bottle.

His go-to wine for every day is either a pinot noir or chardonnay, and he said almost all the wine he drinks is taken with meals.

On special occasions, for him, it's gotta be champagne.

And his crème de la crème of wines: Romanee-Conti, which can sell for more than $1,000 per bottle.  


In 12 years, a wine expert

Michael McIntosh, who lives in Sandestin, is a second-level sommelier who has held certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers for eight years. He is a salesman for Republic National Distributing Company and a consultant to many area restaurants.

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