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another strange wine story from A Voce

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another strange wine story from A Voce

toutaubeurre | May 31, 2006 04:03 PM

Just had lunch at A Voce -- I don't have anything earth-shattering to report about the food (nice salad, then very nice piece of "white tuna" with an off-puttingly sweet citrus sauce), but I did want to share my bizarre interaction with the waiter about wine. I asked if there were wines by the glass, and he said, "White or red? For whites, we have pinot grigio, chardonnay..." I interrupted him to ask if there was an actual printed list, with vineyards and vintages (a perfectly reasonable request, I would think, considering the ambitious wine list at the restaurant, and considering that you can get printed wines-by-the-glass lists at pretty much any halfway decent joint these days), and he looked at me as if I were speaking Esperanto. After a moment or two of awkwardness, he went off to ask, and came back to tell me that not only was there no list, but there was no additional information to be had -- no regions, countries, vineyards, vintages.

I skipped the wine, because I was irritated at this point, and didn't want to order something that I wouldn't like, and also because I wasn't paying for lunch, and given what I've heard about the A Voce wine prices, I didn't want to saddle my very generous host with an unexpected $18 for a glass of wine.

Really, so very odd on many different levels, especially since the whole experience seems designed to discourage sales of wines by the glass. Good coffee, though.

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