Finally my friend's birthday rolls around, and we are going to Manresa the first weekend of October. Tasting Menu is the obvious choice. But what should we do for wine?
I've read mixed reviews of the pairings. Are they worth getting? Is the standard pairing good or is it necessary to splurge for the premium?
As a note, a pet peeve of mine is a pairing list that drowns you in white before you finally get to enjoy the red with your last course or 2.
Would I be better off ordering off their wine list, or will i be subject to TFL-style ridiculous mark-ups? Should I just bring 2 bottles from my cellar and eat the corkage? Or 1 and order 1 off the list? Any particular recommendations off the list (please include approximate price, if possible)?
Finally, any other general tips and tricks for having the best experience imaginable at Manresa? Many thanks for the input!