Choosing From The Wine List
Practical Tips for Picking Wine in a Restaurant
Panic, Panic, Panic!!! Many people experience that feeling when they first look at a massive wine list at a restaurant. If a favorite wine is not on the list, it's hard to know where to start.
What to do? Here are a few very practical tips to make your dining experience more enjoyable, by complementing dinner with a perfect bottle of wine.
Pick the restaurant: I always pick my restaurant based upon the food, the wine, and the reputation. You need all three to fully enjoy the evening. A fine meal is wasted if it is accompanied by poor wine selections and/or poor service.
Prepare in advance:
I hope you find this system helpful and practical. It has always worked for me. Wine is meant to be enjoyed. So follow our tips and enjoy your food and wine experience.
Sending Back Wine at a Restaurant by Alex DeWinterI know someone who claims that winemakers make a small amount of corked wine on purpose, just so we can all experience a treacherously uncomfortable situation from time to time. It is difficult to know what to do the first time it happens to you because no matter how much you know about wine, there is often a level of doubt and worry that creeps in when smelling that old, musty odor. The best advice that I can give is that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. If you think that there is a flaw with the wine, you’re probably right. The human nose is incredibly sensitive and is usually not mistaken when catching a whiff of something as unpleasant as TCA (cork taint). I would suggest immediately telling your server or wine steward that the wine is "flawed" and that you request that they taste it and retrieve another bottle for you. A small percentage of wine/cork is infected with this bacteria & it is not unlikely that you will get a bottle at some point in your drinking life. I don’t recommend saying, "This is awful". There is no doubt that corked wine tastes "awful" so bringing this up is simply a moot point. The more professionally & courteously you handle the situation, the better you will be treated as result & then you can wait for the next time some tricky winemaker tries to ruin your meal.- Alex
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