RETURNING A BOTTLE
Anything that puts you off about a wine - it's corked or spoiled, or isn't as described - is reason to bring it to the attention of the sommelier. In a good restaurant, the sommelier will bring you a new bottle with no questions asked. If the sommelier tastes the wine and thinks it's fine, however, he or she could legitimately suggest you choose another wine.
Many customers tip 20 percent on restaurant bills if the service is good or better. That should include moderately priced wines, but it's not necessary to include whopping wine bills in the calculation. If a sommelier has been particularly helpful, you could tip him or her directly - ...
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