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Extortionate wine list at Manresa

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Extortionate wine list at Manresa

nicosian | Feb 17, 2006 09:55 AM

I had a fairly sublime meal the other night at Manresa in Los Gatos, but was put off big-time by the wine list, which, if memory serves, includes not a single red for less than $80. When I mentioned to the sommelier that forcing the customer to spend lavishly on wine might not be setting the right tone, he said all the wines were chosen to go with the food, blah blah blah, all of which I'm sure is true, but doesn't really address the issue. I mean, am I alone here in thinking this sort of ridiculous? I've eaten at many super-upscale restaurants in my time, and never have I encountered a wine list with such a punitive structure. I felt like I was being politely mugged.

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