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Wines by the glass is cultural?

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Wines by the glass is cultural?

dancingTimmy | Sep 25, 2007 08:58 PM

This is sort of a follow up posting to my request for Toronto Wine bars.

Basic observation is that North American most restaurants seem narrowly focused on selling wine "by the bottle" only.

I am happy to report that this fascination is not universal!

On a recent trip to Copenhagen, I attempted to locate Danish wine bars (okay I also seem to be narrowly focused). To my disappointment, I could only find a single establishment claiming to be a wine bar. But to my amazement, every restaurant (8) we went to was willing without hesitation to provide ANY wine on their list by the glass, including sparkling wine. The wines in question ranged from $20 to $200 a bottle with a cheap glass going for around $10. Purchase by the glass was considered normal, not the exception.
For example: We were the only patrons (in a very small 20 seat resturant) one evening and a $80 bottle of champagne was opened to provide me with a single glass.

Hence all of the restaurants met my criteria for a Wine Bar.

Any observations / similar experiences?
Any ideas why they can do wines by the glass and we can not?

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