M. Shanken editorial on wine prices
Posted 05 August 2002 - 03:12 PM
Posted 07 August 2002 - 03:48 AM
That said, I think the days of the multipage wine list are coming to an end. A good chef should be able to stock a nice selection of wines that are optimal for their food. Personally, I would take an innovative list such as the one offered at Etats Unis over the tome at La Cote Basque any day.
Surely the cost of keeping such a large cellar contributes to the high cost of the wine on the list (the more wine on hand for long periods of time, the greater the risk of spoilage).
Posted 07 August 2002 - 04:23 AM
Mogsob - The creation of places like Veritas, Trouville and Washington Park seems to fly in the face of your argument. You can say that those places exist almost solely for the purpose of having a textbook like wine list.
Posted 07 August 2002 - 05:12 AM
Posted 07 August 2002 - 08:15 AM
While thumbing through a lengthy wine list is a favorite pursuit (much to my wife's annoynace), I find that most wine lists are seemingly put together haphazardly, without much thought to which wines would be best paired with the chef's food.
More critically, many wine lists seemingly pander to the lowest common denominator. How else can you explain the proliferation of merlot (and CA in general) on wine lists?
Posted 07 August 2002 - 10:13 AM
Opinions are like friends, everyone has some but what matters is how you respect them!
Posted 07 August 2002 - 10:27 AM
The trend of suggesting a wine for each item on a menu is continuing to grow. Although some folks have the expertise to parse a dense wine list for the precise match, many customers don't have that confidence. Offering a few choices at appropriate price points may move bottles and expose people to wines they might not have considered before.
That said, I think the days of the multipage wine list are coming to an end. A good chef should be able to stock a nice selection of wines that are optimal for their food
A well tuned wine list will never replace a thoughtful sommelier, who may also be a threatened species...
Posted 01 September 2002 - 08:12 PM