When Do You Order Wine by the Glass at a Restaurant?

July 20, 2016

A restaurant with a cellar full of great bottles—such as the more than 3,500 winners of Wine Spectator's 2016 Restaurant Awards—is a joy for wine-loving diners. But sometimes all you want is a glass. New wine-preservation systems and devices—including the Coravin, which allows the extraction of wine without even removing the cork—have made it easier than ever for restaurants to offer a diverse, interesting selection of wines by the glass. These programs allow customers to explore unfamiliar grapes or regions, or to indulge in a taste of a pricey cuvée or old vintage without paying for a full bottle.

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When you order wine by the glass at a restaurant, which of these statements is most often true?