Are dessert wines really for dessert?

Dessert wines are perhaps the most controversial wines served during a multi-course, multi-wine meal. Here's a little help understanding it all.

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It's one of the cornerstones of the restaurant business (along with employee problems and debt). Isn't it time you got to know it a little better?

On its most basic level, cheese is simply preserved milk. To “preserve the milk,” one must lower the water activity, thereby controlling the bacteria that cause spoilage. Ironically, cheese makers achieve this process with other non-harmful beneficial bacteria. The same effect is also achieved by using acid.

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Corkage fees charged by restaurateurs to uncork, decant and serve a customer's bottle of wine have soared to upwards of $50 in America's most popular dining spots. This is creating a controversy that has some people popping their corks.

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