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A critic's guide to an exceptional wine-drinking experience

Bill Addison talks to Kismet's Kae Whalen about outstanding wine service.
Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 8, 2020
Not long after I arrived in Texas in early 2006, soon after starting work as the dining critic for the Dallas Morning News, I was out to dinner with my friends Patrick and Frankie. They knew I was trying to stay anonymous as long as possible in a...
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