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Ron Ciavolino Gives It To You Straight on Wine Bars

Sometimes you read an interview and immediately you wish you were friends with the subject. Such is the case with Metromix’s sit-down with Ron Ciavolino, the head of wine studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, and a man who speaks his mind. Our favorite quotes:

• On modern bartenders: “Most bartenders feel like they’re giving away something for nothing if they’re charming. I want schmaltz. There’s no schmaltz.”

• On the downtown wine scene: “You go to those wine bars in Soho, they’re more bowling alleys — there’s no romance. Everybody’s 12 years old.”

• What happens when a bartender allows ice to melt in a shaker: “You hemorrhage through all of your apertures.”

Days of Wine and Poses [Metromix NY]

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