UHG!!! Enough with the people who think that they are foodies and wine connoisseurs. Believe me, I am a huge fan of "Top Chef," but that doesn't make me go into a restaurant and question every ingredient of each dish, and the complexity of each grape that goes into every varietal of wine.
One night, I have this couple in my section, and they begin to ask a few questions about some wines they had the last time they came in to eat. FINE, but then they suddenly need something "fruity," but "smooth." "Wait. Maybe not smooth, but more fruit forward. Yes, we want a wine that is a fruit-bomb."
"Fruit bomb?" I confirm. Getting hard to control my smart-ass tendencies at this point.
"Yes." Said the woman. "Something that will please my palate, then explode in my mouth." (Not kidding! Actual words.)
"A fruity, palate-pleasing, mouth exploding wine. Sir you are a lucky man. I have just the wine for you."
"But what about a Zin?" The man interrupted. Then he proceeded to ask questions about EVERY bottle of wine that was on the wine list. Followed by, "I would like to try some of the wines."
YOU ARE NOT AT YOGURTLAND!
Restaurants can help you pair wines with food, and you should try one or two wines AT MOST, but keep in mind that if they're only two of you at the table, you should not have eight empty wine glasses in front of you from sampling wines.
Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.
"Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready."
The Bitter Bistro