Wine Tip #4: Restaurant Wine -- Part 1
Ordering wine in a restaurant can be a very different thing from buying it in a store. Not only is it a lot more expensive, you're expected to evaluate it when the server opens it up. What is all that about anyway? Many people have--understandably--gotten the impression that that taste they give you is to see if you like the wine.
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In fact (not to add more pressure) you are expected to either ask advice from the server, or know the choice on your own. Giving you a taste of the wine for approval is to make sure that the CONDITION of the wine is acceptable to the person who ordered the wine. The word "condition" refers to the presence or absence of flaws in the wine, not to whether you like the wine's style (flavors, body, intensity, etc...) or not. Once you have agreed that the bottle is in fact the one you intended to order, you are taking responsibility for that bottle... ...UNLESS it is actually flawed somehow. In that case, the restaurant will get you a new bottle or something different.
So this shine a light on the fact that learning to spot flaws can be a pretty important thing if you plan to eat out in restaurants a lot. We'll cover some of these flaws in future articles.
-- Marc Soucy, FWS CSWMarc Wine Blog