Tricks for Ordering Wine by the Glass
We recently published Hipcask’s list of stand alone restaurants with great wine lists in Mumbai. One of the main criteria that resulted in our choosing these restaurants were their wine-by-the-glass program. We’ve found these programs are one of the best way to sample wines without having to spend a fortune. At the same time it is important that we keep in mind what works and what doesn’t. This is Hipcask’s list of hacks to remember when ordering wine-by-the-glass at a restaurant.
1. A lot of Indian restaurants have a ‘house’ wine, always ensure you ask what brand, blend and vintage this particular wine is. It is often a way to move slow moving stock or sell wines which the restaurant has received at a discounted rate.
2. Compare the mark-up placed on wine by the glass to that on the bottle of same wine. This is especially true for Indian wines being served at a restaurant; it will be value-for-money to just get the bottle of wine.
3. Always ask when the bottle was opened. Ideally it should have been opened only around the time when service for the day/evening started.
4. You are well within your rights to return the glass of wine if it is spoilt. But do so within the first 5 minutes of you receiving the glass.
5. When looking imported wines available by the glass, don’t be guided by the price. Wine-by-the-glass prices generally have a differentiation between Rs 50-200, in such a case try not scrimp and end up with a mediocre quality imported wine.
6. A Prosecco by the glass will always be less expensive than Champagne, but that does not mean it is any lesser. If you are in mood for some bubbly Prosecco is a very good choice, don’t hesitate.
7. Always check what the average pour of a single serve of wine is. An average pour of wine in a by the glass program is generally a minimum of 180 ml or to the broadest area of the wine glass.
Know more about ordering wines at restaurants here.
Featured Image: The Tasting Room, Mumbai.