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San Diego - Good, inexpensive wine bar or restaurant w/cheap by the glass? In San Diego??

Rotochicken | May 18, 200511:07 PM

Hi All,
All this Charles Shaw talk got me interested in my biggest diappointment. I was thrilled when wine bars starting coming into vogue a decade or so ago. What a great idea. Soon thereafter after endless wine lists with little interesting and the cheapest glasses at $6 (for a glass from mediocre $10 bottles) and most interesting things at $12-$14 or higher had me disappointed. Similarly, it is painful to see similar prices in restaurants - the average glass price seems to be roughly 50% (often more, sometimes much more) of the bottle price. For example, at Roy's in UTC they sell a glass of Caymus Conundrum for $14 but a bottle is $20-$22 retail. Also have a Dr. Loosen reisling for $10/glass with the bottle retailing at $12! Decent enough wines, go well with the menu, just too painful.

So, bearing that in mind, is there a good wine bar with good prices - I am thinking some offerings at $4/glass as well as offerings from $40 bottles for $10-$12?? Similarly, any restaurants (with good food) with the same??

I have a grasp of the economics, but I am eager to support a place with a good wine policy. For example, Cuvee - decent enough, sometimes excellent food with a retail+$8 pricing scheme for wine. Why don't more places do this? I'll spend $38 for a bottle at Cuvee, but not $14 for a glass of the same, or $38 for a lesser bottle elsewhere.


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