What to look for in a wine steward?

I have just recently started to appreciate wine. I would like to build a relationship with one of the local wine shop stewards to aid me in my exploration of wine, but how do I go about it? What questions should a good wine steward ask? What questions should I ask of the steward?

I will tell you that my favorite wine is Ladoucette Pouilly Fume. But at almost $40 a bottle, it is not always in my budget, and I try to support US companies as often as I can. Should I start by telling the steward this?

Any guidance is truly appreciated!

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