The “How Does a Wine Portfolio Manager Work?” Edition

What goes into taste tests and setting the price of a wine?

Andrew Mulligan
Andrew Mulligan.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy Andrew Mulligan.

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In this week’s episode of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson sits down for a glass of wine with Andrew Mulligan, a wine portfolio manager for Skurnik Wines in New York City. Mulligan talks about the difficult aspects of his job, such as dealing with U.S. regulations, and the happier parts of his job, like traveling and testing dozens of different wines across Spain. He also explains his wine selection process and why the best wines are like unforgettable characters in books.


In a Slate Plus extra, Mulligan talks about Greek wines and why they get a bad rap. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at


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