We all have pet peeves. Those minor annoyances that for some reason or the other get under our skin. As a wine lover who goes to restaurants more for the wine list than the food, I’ve a pet peeve that annoys me no end. And that’s when the wine that I order from the menu is of a different vintage than what’s served. To me this is insulting – am I overreacting? Shiv Singh wants your opinion on whether he’s making much ado about nothing.
Just this past weekend, I lunched with a few friends at Five Points restaurant on the lower east side in Manhattan. It was a gloriously sunny Sunday. The Mediterranean food was inspired and tasty with excellent service. My char-grilled burger (which my lunch companions derided as a boring choice) was juicy and just the way I like it. I even liked the wine very much – a Seven Hills Riesling from Columbus Valley. But I was incredibly disappointed that instead of getting the 2007 which was listed on the menu I got the 2008.
Should I care? I enjoyed the 2008 and this was a new wine to me so it wasn’t as if I was missing the 2007. I was just disappointed that I didn’t get the wine I ordered and no one bothered to tell me that it was out of stock (I’m presuming it was out of stock). I wasn’t sure whether to complain about it or not. I chose not to, but obviously the issue is still bothering me. This isn’t the first time it’s happened. The first time was in a fancy restaurant in Delhi (I’ll spare the proprietor the embarrassment here) and since then its happened a couple of times both in Delhi and in New York.
Has this happened to you? Do you care? Am I over reacting? Should we be demanding more of the restaurants we frequent? Does it matter. You tell me.