In my ideal restaurant, there would be, say, a rotating 10- bottle wine list. The restaurant would keep one of each bottle open. When I want to order a bottle, I'm allowed a little taste of as many bottles as I choose until I find one I like. That way, I know exactly what I'm ordering.
I guess I'm curious whether you know of any restaurants that operate this way, or if not, why none does. I mean, if restaurants did that, wouldn't the number of bottles ordered every night increase so much as to more than compensate for the sample bottles?
Generally, I find the wine list a prelude to disappoinment--talking the thing over with a waiter doesn't usually help because I don't know how to put into words what I like.
People always say that learning about wine involves a lot of trial and error, but are we just conditioned to think that way? Nobody says that about buying books, or electronics, or cheese...