Dealing with a Sommelier
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:20 AM
Posted 19 March 2003 - 09:45 PM
If you have a poor experience with a dentist you probably bear some responsibility (brush and floss better). If you are reasonably polite in public you should not. That doesn't mean you'll always get wine nirvana (it's like food - the selection may not float your boat).
Aargh! Now let me say that most such icky experiences stem from insecurity on the part of the sommelier. Yikes! So go in knowing that you may well both feel similar levels of intimidation. Some sommeliers make up for that by "knowing everything," and there's your bad experience. If you are getting this vibe, order a bottle of bubbly in your price range, say "we drink bubbles with everything" and call it a night. Bubbles DO go with everything (you'll see!).
Here's to the all-too-few good restaurant wine experiences!