Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Get your lists straight people!
Oh brother, another night out and another lame wine list.
Your winemonkey was just on a couple of recent nights out with some very lovely ladies and some very lovely couples and as usual the wine list was shunted to me. No problem, I can deal with that. It is my expected duty and I take my job as the "official wine picker" very seriously-- especially when you have to make everyone happy.
No, the problem is that the wine lists I receive are woefully bad. You've seen them too, I'm sure. Too pricey here, not enough selection there. What is it about restaurants that they just think gouge the customer when they build their wine list? Usually you can just eek out one interesting bottle that is not overpriced (in terms of markup) and will fit the bill. One.
The thing is I know there is good wine out there. I've seen those lists and reveled in them. There are interesting choices at all sorts of price points that match up with food. They are not over-marked up. They are not standardized quicklists from major distributors like Southern or Peerless or (God forbid) Paramount-Eber Brothers.
Why can't most restaurants put even a tenth of the effort in building a wine list that they do in building their menu. It shameful. And we all are worse off for it.
I've GOT to start picking the restaurant.