What’s in a wine list? It may look like a random collection of names, vineyards, dates, and countries. For the restaurant and especially the sommelier, is so much more.
Building the list is a craft that people devote their lives to; diversity of type, age, region, and price point all need to be taken into account. The list has to balance the menu—or enhance it. Long or short, the list aims to capture a little of everything, because every guest is different. This is no simple feat.
Cheers to the wine directors, sommeliers, and beverage teams behind these impressive lists—we know your work is never done, but tonight we hope you have a glass to celebrate, off the clock.