Ordering wine in restaurants is easy with the right advisor
If you drink enough wine in restaurants you’ll eventually come across your first sommelier. Take a deep breath. Fear not. Think of him or her as the lifeguard in that big pool of wine, ready if you need rescue. And we all need that from time to time.
For the uninitiated, sommelier is a big, scary French word that roughly means, “No, you can’t have Merlot with sea bass,” although I’ll admit my translation skills are rusty.
Pronounced suh-muhl-YAY, (Pronounced “some liar”, if you are from the South!) in essence it means, “wine waiter.” You won’t find one at Applebee’s, which is sort of a shame because if ever there was a restaurant that required a lot of wine to get through dinner, that’s the place. When I was younger, I drank wine in restaurants for years before I knew sommeliers existed. Most restaurants in fact don’t have someone dedicated solely to wine; only the ones that take wine seriously do. Continue reading
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Wine service is one of those eternally giving topics to write about, like Astroturf. But I was a bit surprised to find an entire column by my counterpart at the New York Times, Eric Asimov, on one very specific question:
Should a sommelier taste a wine before serving it?
A totally fair question, and Eric did a terrific job in parsing the issues, which are mostly that sommeliers think Continue reading
A tip (also called a gratuity) is an extra payment made to certain service sector workers in addition to the advertised price of the transaction. Such payments and their size are a matter of social custom. Tipping varies among cultures and by service industry. Though by definition a tip is never legally required, and its amount is at the discretion of the patron being served, in some circumstances failing to give an adequate tip when one is expected is a serious faux pas, and may be considered very miserly, a violation of etiquette, or unethical. In some other cultures or situations, giving a tip is not expected and offering one would be considered at best odd and at worst condescending or demeaning. In some circumstances, such as with U.S. government workers, receiving of tips is illegal Continue reading