Having a solid grasp on what you want in a bottle of wine when ordering is far more important than recognizing something on a restaurant's wine list. The Sommelier, Wine Steward, and in many cases your waitstaff, should be well equipped to help you make a fabulous selection. The key is being able to communicate what you want and trusting them to guide you to a great bottle. Remember, they have spent hundreds of hours a year pairing down a selection of wines specifically designed for their list based on style, price and their food. They are already the experts, so work with them to find that perfect bottle for you.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when communicating with your server:
- Make sure to point out wines you like on the list that you know and ask for a recommendation in the price range you are looking for.
- Point out some potential options in the price range you want, servers are pretty well adept at focusing in on what price you are comfortable with before recommending a wine to suit you.
- Do not be afraid to ask for a few options that they would recommend.One of them is sure to strike a chord with your needs.
- Be adventurous, let a professional turn you onto something new!