Baffled by Wine Lists? You’re not alone…

A staggering 73% of Brits are intimidated by restaurant wine lists according to a recent study

A staggering 73% of Brits are intimidated by restaurant wine lists according to a recent study, while 58% don’t feel they have enough wine knowledge to order with confidence.

As reported by The Express, the study of over 2,000 people, run by Californian wine giant E&J Gallo’s Dark Horse brand, found that nearly three-quarters of Brits find restaurant wine tomes intimidating.

The study also found that 36% of participants weren’t sure what they had to look out for when a waiter passes them a taster of wine to try.

Encouragingly, Brits were found to spend £25 a bottle on dinner party wine, with one in ten splashing out £100 on a special occasion drop.

Disappointingly, however, 29% of participants admitted to only buying wine when it’s on offer, with 23% found to be creatures of habit that always buy wine from the same country or region.

Only 18% of those surveyed bought wine specifically to match the food that they’re eating. Wine personality Joe Wadsack, co-host of BBC show Food & Drink, has teamed up with Gallo in a bid to enlighten British wine drinkers.

“It’s amazing how far a little useful information can take you. Knowing what food tastes good with what sort of wine, and more importantly why, is very useful information to have,” he said.

“This is not just because it will increase your enjoyment of your food but more importantly because you will avoid matches that don’t work. Some food and wine combinations clash and can make the food taste downright odd and we don’t want that.

“The science of food and wine matching is more about avoiding howlers than slightly improving your meal,” he added.

Sources:
Drinks Business
The Express

 

OpenTable Diners Reveal the Top 50 Wine Lists in the U.S.

OpenTable recently released a Top 50 Wine List of restaurants in the United States. The list, which was compiled from feedback from over 10 million OpenTable users between October 2010 and September 2011, had California on top earning 11 spots on the list, followed by establishments in New York, Maryland and Virginia, each of which earned 4 spots. In all, 21 states were represented with restaurants earning an award.

The restaurants named were (in alphabetical order):

20 Brix – Milford, Ohio

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro – Palm Desert, California

4 Olives Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas

Accademia Di Vino – New York, New York

Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California

Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina

Aureole – Las Vegas, Nevada

bacaro – Champaign, Illinois

Bin 36 – Chicago, Illinois

BIN 38 – San Francisco, California

Bistro Blanc – Glenelg, Maryland

Bonterra – Charlotte, North Carolina

Carpe Vino – Auburn, California

Cinghiale-Enoteca (Wine Bar) – Baltimore, Maryland

Domaine Hudson wine bar & eatery – Wilmington, Delaware

Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro – Madison, Wisconsin

Enotria – Sacramento, California

Evo Bistro – McLean, Virginia

Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, Colorado

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro – Arlington, Virginia

The Hobbit – Orange, California

Iron Bridge Wine Company – Columbia, Maryland

Iron Bridge Wine Company – Warrenton, Virginia

Left Bank at Stonehedge Inn and Spa – Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Wine Cafe – Los Olivos, California

Marche Bacchus – Las Vegas, Nevada

Mercy Wine Bar – Dallas, Texas

Metrovino – Portland, Oregon

Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe – New York, New York

Napa & Company – Stamford, Connecticut

Novita Wine Bar Trattoria – Garden City, New York

On The Square – Tarboro, North Carolina

Pairings Bistro – Bel Air, Maryland

palate food + wine – Glendale, California

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – Seattle, Washington

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – Woodinville, Washington

Reserve – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ristorante Panorama – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

RN74 – Seattle, Washington

Robust – Webster Groves, Missouri

Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant – Santa Cruz, California

Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Stone Balloon Winehouse – Newark, Delaware

The Tasting Room Wine & Tapas – St. Augustine, Florida

Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro – Foxboro, Massachusetts

UPSTAIRS 2 – Los Angeles, California

Veritas – New York, New York

Vin 48 Restaurant Wine Bar – Avon, Colorado

Vinology – Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Tustin, California

Liz Palmer
@ChampagneHouses