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connoisseur • snobby • make money
go with • start off
  1. He is always thinking of new ways to .
  2. He loves to eat and is a of exotic foods.
  3. I've brought you some bread to your meal.
  4. She grew up in a poor family and isn't at all.
  5. Desserts coffee or espresso.
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92 Wine
Sandra is a wine columnist. She gives tips about choosing a wine.

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wine connoisseur

Are you a wine connoisseur or a wine teacher?

A 'connoisseur' is an expert about something, usually having to do with food, drink or art.  Notice the following:

  1. Traveling has turned me into quite a connoisseur of different types of food.
  2. I think of myself as a coffee connoisseur.


I'm not a wine connoisseur; that's sort of snobby.

If a person is 'snobby' they act like they are too good for average or normal things.  A person can be snobby towards other people or about certain things like clothes or food. Notice the following:

  1. My friend can be kind of snobby, but I promise she's a good person.
  2. She is very snobby about the food she eats.

make money

I try to make money from wine.

When you receive money for doing or selling something you are 'making money' from that. Notice the following:

  1. His company makes a lot of money selling plastic products.
  2. Can you really make money selling wine?

goes with

Steak goes with almost any red wine.

If a wine 'goes with' a food it complements or enhances the flavor of that food. They taste good together. Notice the following:

  1. I need a wine to go with the seafood I'm making.
  2. What goes well with this soup?

start off

I always start off with a sparkling wine.

If you 'start off' with something you have it or do it at the beginning. Notice the following:

  1. He always starts off his day with a cup of coffee.
  2. We will both start off with a bowl of soup.