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Bill O. | May 9, 2010 08:03 PM

When ordering a bottle of wine in nice restaurants, I have been often been presented w/ a different vintage than stated on the menu. Sometimes I don't say anything and other times I comment that the bottle is not the vintage noted on the wine list (and sometimes the server becomes defensive). I am not an expert by any means, but sometimes I do know that the '03 (or whatever) was a special year. Or call me paranoid, sometimes I think they hold back the '03 for a regular because their supply is running low and begin serving the succeeding vintage to others. Of course I realize that often they just have not updated their wine list. But what is the proper course of action. This situation happens relatively often, say one in five instances. I am also not talking about ordering straw bottles of chianti at the local pizza joint, but in restaurants that supposedly build their reputation as establishments that serve fine wine.
Thanks in advance for any comments.

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