purplehaze posted:wineart 2 posted:
Just last week a wine fetcher hands me the wine list at a restaurant in Chicago and said, “ if you need any help with the wine list let me know.” The freaking presumptive attitude just sets me off. I replied, “ is someone going to ask me if I need help with the dining menu as well?” He looked puzzled.🙃
I hear you... but. Consider that you are likely more wine savvy than 99.7% of the patrons at any venue that you visit The offer of assistance, especially for a novice, might be appreciated. I think the phrasing the Somm used could use some polish. Something to the tune of, "If you have any questions, or if I can be of any service it would be my pleasure." I've had reasonably good experiences with Somms of late. Now, that "wine-fetcher," at Charlie Palmer came reasonably close to an ass kicking in November, but he came around with a little massaging.
A “ if you have any questions please let me know” is very different. A fair question with the dining menu as well.
To makes matters worse, they didn’t have the Corton Charlemagne OR the Chablis I ordered. Grrr. The wine fetcher suggested a couple of Meursault wines. While I openly acknowledge Meursault has finally started toning down their oak and butter style of wine, I replied if that was the style I was looking for, I think Cali does it better. 🙃
I ended up finding a nice Beaujolais Blanc and another Chardonnay from Friuli Venezia Giulia that worked well.