Top tips for decoding a wine list

Be clear about your budget

Watch the wallet

No sommelier should make it their goal to coerce a consumer up the price ladder, once a budget has been clearly stated.

Not only is it bad form on the sommelier’s part, but it’s potentially embarrassing for the host of a table to have to refuse, or begrudgingly accept, a bottle of higher value to save face before his guests. It is the job of a sommelier to find a wine to your taste and within your budget. Being clear on your budget helps both parties.

Say it loud, say it proud.

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