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Wine mark-ups

Pud | Oct 15, 2003 05:17 PM

Went to L'Impero on Saturday night and had a wonderful meal. The wine list was extensive and nicely organized, but there did not seem to be many choices for under $40. I wanted to give the sommelier some room for making a recommendation, so I asked for something under $60, and he suggested a Tolosa (California) Pinot Noir 2000. We enjoyed the wine very much, and I don't regret it, but the aftertaste is not quite as agreeable today, having found the same wine available in a wine store for under $14. I understand that restaurants mark up their wines considerably (I've heard that 100% is not uncommon), but this seems excessive. Any opinions?

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