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post #16921 of 17727
When you were a somm did you taste the wines before presenting to a guest? I met a somm in a wine bar across the grammercy tavern and she said she always tasted the wine before serving and got to taste a lot of wine that way (even wines like drc)
post #16922 of 17727
having a sip of DRC and then calling it great kind of defeats what makes DRC great.
post #16923 of 17727
Yes, we did. The main reasons being to check the wine for any flaws and to constantly educate yourself on the current status of the wines on the wine list.
post #16924 of 17727
Anybody ever get mad that you "drank their wine?"

Also, how exactly does the service go - do you taste it at the table or do you bring the bottle already open?
Edited by RedLantern - 11/14/13 at 8:52am
post #16925 of 17727
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

Anybody every get mad that you "drank their wine?"

Also, how exactly does the service go - do you taste it at the table or do you bring the bottle already open?

I've seen people angrily talk to each other about it at their table but never saw anyone confront the somm doing it.
post #16926 of 17727
Yeah, pretty sure my tables would flip out about it. Then again, many of my tables encourage everyone in the group to taste the wine "to make sure everyone likes it." ffffuuuu.gif
post #16927 of 17727
I can definitely see how it would be easy, beneficial, and educational to taste everything you might open for wine pairings in a given night.
post #16928 of 17727
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I can definitely see how it would be easy, beneficial, and educational to taste everything you might open for wine pairings in a given night.

When I did my night at Canlis last year (didn't get the job) it seemed like the somms were having a ball - digging out various gems and huddling around their station deciding what to offer as pairings. Seemed like they were given a lot of free reign to dig special stuff out for particular tables or groups of tables too.
post #16929 of 17727
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Yeah, pretty sure my tables would flip out about it. Then again, many of my tables encourage everyone in the group to taste the wine "to make sure everyone likes it." ffffuuuu.gif

At Trotter's at least, we'd present the wine to the table, take it to the credenza in the middle of the room, open it, decant (if necessary or requested), taste it, take it back to table, and resume typical wine service. Nobody ever complained that I'm aware of.
post #16930 of 17727
Probably a good thing for somms that the overlap between the categories of angry Asian moms and of wine lovers is fairly small.
post #16931 of 17727
No one ever questioned it when it's only a half ounce taste. I could see how some know-it-all getting huffy and puffy about it uneccesarily.
post #16932 of 17727
The few times I've heard a table talk about it negatively they were always folks that struck me as not be overly familiar with ordering wine in a restaurant.
post #16933 of 17727
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post

At Trotter's at least, we'd present the wine to the table, take it to the credenza in the middle of the room, open it, decant (if necessary or requested), taste it, take it back to table, and resume typical wine service. Nobody ever complained that I'm aware of.

This was my first thought (not that I am particularly qualified to have a strong opinion here, but hey, it's the internet)--in most "nicer" restaurants, they are decanting and such away from the table, so it's not likely to be noticed anyways.
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The few times I've heard a table talk about it negatively they were always folks that struck me as not be overly familiar with ordering wine in a restaurant.

Of course, the counterpoint is exactly this. The people complaining are not likely to be the people ordering the back vintage DRC (or if so, ordering it because, whoa! expensive! must be good, need to show off, and I have the corporate card tonight anwyays!)
post #16934 of 17727

rosso di Montalcino and Montepulciano was bought for around 6euro in supermarkets around Pienza this summer.

post #16935 of 17727
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Vino Nobile de Montepulciano?
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