Mar 17th 2010 1:34PM My bad the whole article didn't load.
Aug 7th 2009 4:27PM I think this is a sad comment of service. While I agree that it was an honest mistake and made frequently the house could have handled this better. From your post I don't believe you had any sinister intent. The manger could have taken a record of your card and gotten back to you after speaking to the owner. I think paying retail cost was a nice gesture. That being said they have a business to run and do need to recover cost. This was the exception not the rule.
The server when seeing that your wife was attending to your child should have waited gotten her complete attention and walked the line on the page to discreetly show that it was $315. I go to many places with a high end list and the Somm or server waits to get my attention. Places that know me even do this as a good practice.
On the flip side I think you should have tipped on the food and not the bottle. When figuring out the tip I don't think you should ever include the price of the wine or the booze as your base price. I think you should add a small add on for it after you determine the tip. The price of booze and wine is so inflated to begin with at a place that it is a unfair ask.
Mar 31st 2009 1:19PM I agree with the general principal. As an avid collector of high end Napa Cab I agree that the market will pick up in three to five years. As for Screaming Eagle I disagree. They lost a wine maker, and re planted and new owners. I am sure it will still be amazing but too early to tell.
Mar 19th 2009 12:55PM I like Bob am just willing to pay a corkage. I will typically bring a bottle that I purchased retail for 100+ and on the list it will be 200-300+. Most places will wave with the purchase of a 750. So I will buy a bottle of Sav Blanc or such and they will wave it. I also do my best to share with the wine staff if they have not tried it and sometimes you get lucky that way.
Feb 26th 2009 3:27PM Wow, my birthday and OTBN. I am open to suggestions. I have some older Harlans, Screaming Eagle, Scarecrow, and some newer Ovid and Futo or Hundred Acre. So many choices.
Jan 6th 2009 1:25PM Paloma ($55) is always brilliant. There is also a lot of unknown merlot labels in Blackbird, Amuse Bousche, Beringer Bancroft Ranch Howell MTN, Pride, Ladera and Pahlmeyer. As for a drink tonigh the Alexander Valley Vinyards is great, as is Barnett.
Dec 3rd 2008 3:37PM It is really bad, I have gotten to the point where I will record shows on TIVO and if I think they are not going to make it I don't watch them. If they do make it I have all the eps then. Networks are pulling the plugs way to quick on good and bad shows alike.