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“Wine Whines” Though wine is mostly about pleasure, we must admit there are some aspects of wine drinking that are less than endorphin-producing. To be fair, it is almost never the wine itself but some aspect of wine service in a restaurant setting. So the following is a short list of our wine whines.

1. A Server Overfills Your Glass on the First Pour. This technique is sometimes

employed by A) a server who has not been taught the basics of proper wine service or B) a server who is trying to rush you through your bottle in hopes of selling you more wine. We always let the server know that we will be pouring our wine after the first glass is served. This usually suffices. However, we actually had one incident where the waiter insisted we could not touch our own bottle of wine!

2. Red Wine Stored at Room Temp.

As in stored in the kitchen! This particular peeve happens with surprising frequency. If a restaurant takes the time to curate a wine list, they should also figure out where to store that wine so it doesn’t need an ice bucket when served.

3. The Man Comes First

When in mixed male/female company, the server hands the wine list to the man. In 2019, this is quite the assumption. Many women know wine and there are men who don’t know Burgundy from Bordeaux. We have had the experience

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of ordering the wine at a mixed table and watched as the bottle was presented to the oldest male.

4. Wine Lists with No Vintage Printed

Wine lists with no vintage printed OR the actual bottle is not the vintage listed. This becomes as much a price issue as a quality issue. Normally, this concerns older/finer wines but disclosure is very important.

5. Ask and You Will Recieve, Maybe? Asking for a glass of red

at a bar and the bartender offers a generic “cab” or “merlot.” Seriously, how hard can it be to know the name of the producer(s)?!

6. On The Menu, Out of Stock.

Studying the wine list, narrowing the choices, choosing a selection, ordering the bottle only to have the server return five to ten minutes later with an apology that they don’t have that bottle. We had this happen, ordered an alternative bottle and THAT bottle was also not available. Again, should this really occur in a decent restaurant? So, there you have a few of our “whines” about wines. We’re sure you have your own list but never let these issues detract from the ultimate enjoyment of your wine! We sure don’t!

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