I'd like to get some feedback everyone on their feelings towards having or not having vintage dates listed for by-the-glass (hereafter BTG) offerings.
At my restaurant, I do not list vintage for BTG wines, only those available by the bottle. My belief here is that actual taste is the bottom line. We gladly pour a taste of any of the BTG wines when guests are interested, and I train the staff to offer them freely. And of course, the vintage is stamped right on the label, so that too is just a question away.
I understand that vintage provides insight into style and quality of wine--essential when the label is all you've got to go on-- but when you can taste the wine, vintage becomes trivial.
Being dedicated to Italian wines only, my BTG offerings often change vintage suddenly and always without announcement from the distributors. Italian wine supply is comparatively small for any given producer, and my local market doesn't, apparently, warrant area distributors stocking up on esoteric Italians, therefore making it very difficult to keep hold a steady supply of given vintages. It's a mid/up-market family place, and constant reprinting of the three page wine list is very costly. By the way, I offer 11 reds BTG, 9 whites BTG, and 78 wines by the bottle.
That's my schtick, and I'm curious to hear what kind of thoughts it generates. Thanks