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If its a real sommelier, I love talking to him/her and getting their input. If its a faux somm, then never mind. Although, there are some longtime wait staff or bartenders who enjoy wine and can add some input if you see something interesting that you're not familiar with.
And, why is it, that just about everyplace now (short of Chilis) has a somm???? Really?
"We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Benjamin Franklin
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Bookatze wrote:No need. I've done plenty of wine tastings; I already know what I like. And as far as I'm concerned, the perfect wine/food pairing is wine I like with food I like. I simply eat and drink what I want. I'm sure someone with a more sophisticated palate will beg to differ, but this is what works for me.
Somms can recommend something you might like based on what you tell them. It's a great way to a) try something new and b) navigate a menu with few familiar names.
"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke
"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen
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If the place has a real selection (ie. more than the back side of the menu), then they might actually have a real sommelier. IF they do, then talk to him. I might or might not take their advice, but it can be educational. Also, if you can display a bit of knowledge, you tend to get a bit better service.
PS - only place I have dined at with a master sommelier (and they are rare) had a wine binder 112 page long. No way I was going to be able to pick out the perfect wines.
Andy the Wicked Panda