Don't drink it if you don't like it

A few weeks ago, Sally and I were visiting family in Houston and decided to go to d'Vine Wine Bar to enjoy a glass with Sally's mom, brother, and sister-in-law. Our server that evening really knew his wines and helped us make some good selections. He also reminded us of an important rule of wine drinking:

Don't drink it if you don't like it.

We had spotted a bottle on the menu that we liked, but our server returned and informed us they were sold out. He had another bottle with him that he said was similar and thought we might like it. Best of all, he told us that if we didn't like it, he'd gladly find us something else.

He opened the bottle and poured us all a small taste. We all took a drink and then looked around the table, waiting for someone to give the first opinion. Finally, someone ventured, "It's okay." 

I'm sure we would have consumed the bottle in an effort to be agreeable, but our server reminded us that we didn't have to drink the wine. "It's okay if you don't like it," he said. "I can sell it by the glass if you don't want it." 

Sold. We picked out another bottle that turned out to be much better. After all, okay just isn't good enough when you are spending money on wine.

Sally and family at D'Vine Wine Bar near Houston, TX

Posted on December 1, 2012 .