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Baumé (Palo Alto)'s exotic wine policy?

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Baumé (Palo Alto)'s exotic wine policy?

eatzalot | | Apr 27, 2014 11:54 AM

I didn't see this discussed, to speak of, in mentions of Baumé found here. I have still not been to this restaurant, which is in my part of the Bay Area. Yet some very food-and-wine-savvy friends had dinner there recently, much enjoyed the food, but came away describing an aspect truly eccentric. I'm curious if this has always been true, or if anyone knows of exceptions. (Note, I'm only concerned here with the policy for _dinner._)

They said the tasting menu was some $198 p/p, but the only wine option was by-glass pairings: two formats, smaller and larger. No corkage option and more surprisingly, NO wine list for ordering bottles. The larger pairing format that they opted for was very pricey, hundreds of dollar per person. From my friends' description, it seems even one diner going for tasting menu and requesting the full wine pairing would pay $198 for food, $398 yes $398 for wine. Basically 600 p/p.

I checked the web site: all I saw is the "recommended" wine pairings and no BYOB. I'm a bit of a wine geek, and would hope to have some options to order bottles at dinner -- that was what my friends assumed too, but they were surprised.

Anyone else have experience with this?

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