The Fort Bend Foodie 03/12/14
If you don’t know a lot about wines and price is a consideration, ask the wine steward for assistance. Remember that they often work on commission and are likely to suggest a rather expensive wine if no guidelines are given. If no prices are listed and price is a factor, ask about the house wine and the wine steward will build from there. If prices are listed, discretely point to a wine on the menu within your price range and ask about that wine. It will give them a starting point for other suggestions within that range as well.
What if you order a wine and don’t like it or it has an off taste or smell? Is it okay to ask to make a different choice without being charged for the undesirable wine? If the steward suggested the wine and did not offer a taste before choosing, then absolutely! If it was tasted before choosing, then not so much. If you requested a specific wine and it obviously had an off taste or smell (not because you simply didn’t like it), the steward should also be willing to switch it out, with exception. If you request an expensive wine and don’t like it, you are expected to pay for it, like it or not. It is generally not good restaurant etiquette to send a bottle back, especially if it is expensive. And it is never good etiquette to send a bottle back if half has been consumed.
Not a wine drinker? Turning a wine glass upside down to decline wine is considered a snub and impolite. Instead, hold your hand over the wine glass to indicate you wish to pass on being poured.
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