Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
How to get the most from a wine list: simple tips to maximize value and minimize panic.
Let’s see, which wine should we order tonight? Italian or California? The big name or the independent label? A bottle or by the glass? For most of us deciphering a wine list can be a daunting task. Considering the prices of wines at restaurants, we all like to strive for value. So, which wine to choose?
The best wine for the night varies a bit on why you’re out on the town. The night out to relieve cabin fever or avoid cooking requires only a simple wine to lubricate the meal. The special occasion or the leisurely meal with good friends might call for something that adds to the experience.
But no matter why you’re in a restaurant, you’d like to get the best bang for the buck. So this month, we’re going to pull the curtains back and give you an idea of the mechanics behind the wine list. With this knowledge and a few well-placed questions, you’ll get the best value for the occasion. And if you’re willing to do a little homework, you’ll boost that value even more.
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