Two of our top executives offered to take 4 couples out to dinner to the 'Wine Room' of one of the nicer Italian restaurants in town. The invites were auctioned off to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to chairity.
I've asked around the office regarding how one should handle 'suggesting' a wine if given the opportunity, in that, should one go for the gusto and head right to the rare wine section or be more conservative and order as if it is your own money?
Its a bit of mixed bag with some people saying, just pile it on since A) these guys literally could buy the entire store out if they cared to, B) they have to expect people to push it some what (afterall its for chairity and all for fun).
or course the alternative is, you don't want to come off as a complete ass ordering $800 bottles you can't pronounce.
Since the other 3 invities are also Sr. Executives (including the CFO), I was thinking I would just kinda follow their lead since they actually know the other two and if there is any friendly ribbing involved in ordering high $$$ items, it would be best for those guys to do it. Also my knowledge of Italian wines (only type this place serves) compared to American wines, I could easily be ordering expensive wine, not worth the price. (bad for me and the hosts).
So how would you guys handle this and do you have and suggestions from their wine list