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Restaurant Wine Etiquette

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Restaurant Wine Etiquette

anewton | Jul 29, 2007 10:56 AM

Hi Folks. Just looking for feedback on restaurant wine service etiquette.

Went out last night to a relatively nice French restaurant. Wanted to order a red for the entrees, and chose the Beringer Cabernet Sauv Knights' Valley 2002. I had tried the wine before and really liked it. However, the maitre d' insisted that he "upgrade" us to a more expensive wine, the Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 2002. He said it was "richer" and "fruitier."

The Heitz was ok, but honestly I preferred the Beringer (from what I remember of it). The Beringer, to my taste, actually had more depth and a more incisive taste than the Heitz, which was ho-hum. I did not say anything to the server, though, because he had given us a deal and I did not want to complain. The rest of the meal was fantastic (I posted a review on the "Western Canada" board).

What would other chowhounds have done in this situation? Stuck with the Heitz and been polite, or asked for the original wine ordered?

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