questionshow much are you willing to pay for a glass of…

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Allergic to sulfur so I can't drink wine. But the friend with whom we travel likes the fine dining world, and if there is a paired wine he will pretty much pay whatever the asking price is. I find a lot of the upper end food places he likes to visit to have a wonderful ambiance, but I am often somewhat disappointed in the food. They often seem to be so interested in form, color, crossing genres and exploring unlikely combinations that they lose sight of making it taste good. To me the best food comes from restaurants where the owner seats you, the other owner is in the kitchen cooking, the oldest kids take the orders and the younger kids fill the water glasses and bus tables. These can be plain or fancy, of any ethnicity, and pretty reliably lay down the best food IME.

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I only purchase wine by the bottle and never more than $45 per bottle. I've never found a wine thats worth more than that in a resturant. Before you call me cheap or decide that I just haven't had enough exposure to know what I'm talking about let me say this. I spent 6 yrs as a bartender and bar manager for one of the most prestigous catering companies in the US. I bought and tasted almost every wine that was served. I know what we paid for them and I know what normal restaurant markup looks like.

I'd rather just have a nice glass of burbon if I've going to have to over pay for wine.

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I'm willing to pay about 30% more than what I'd spend for a bottle of wine at the liquor store.
A $10 bottle of wine at the Sto' becomes $13 at the Restaurant.

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Meh, depends. I try to avoid wines by the glass: they tend to be even more overpriced than the wines by the bottle that you buy in restaurants. But, to answer the question: at anything above $15 I start getting unhappy. I start thinking about the much better wine that I have sitting in the chiller or stored in the basement that cost me (at most) 20-30 bucks a bottle.

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I usually won't pay more than 6 Euros. I can have excellent wine for 3.50 so why pay more for wine that's not that much better?

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In the past, I have purchased wine by the glass. At The Breakers in Palm Beach. (Name dropping little turds here.) It wasn't a 'chef' who recommended the wine, it was the sommelier. You know, that pretentious (okay, not really. It's their job) person who has the tasting cup hanging on a chain around their neck. It was quite an experience. A very expensive one at that. Stayed there several nights that time; never ordered 'by the glass' again.

Second memorable experience was in Rome. Will not go into great detail, unless begged mercilessly...had one of the best meals ever! Three of us. One glass of wine for each of the other 2. I opted out. Will say that the cost was worth every single euro. :-D

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When dining in the sorts of restaurants that pair glasses of wine by the course, I believe "willingness to pay" has already been answered. :)

(For context, I believe that the Tasting Menu at Per Se is now $295/person for food only; the paired wines are usually around $200/person, I believe. I've never eaten there, never will, never wanted to - but when I think of "wine paired by the glass," I think of Chef's Tasting Menus at the super-elitist-of-the-elite.)

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I agree with Kyle. With Italian wine it is easy for me to do that. Been known to order the bottle to go with the meal. Of course having good company at the table that has my same palate helps.

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I don't go for the whole pairing thing. I drink whatever I'm feeling like at that moment, which is usually red. My price per glass? If it's a wine that you can buy by the glass, then I wouldn't go over $15.

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Quite a bit compared to most. I'll easily pay $25/glass if the restaurant/food warrant that.

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@jsimsace: Oh wow. But I can't imagine how a $1 glass would be drinkable. I can't even stand Charles Shaw... :)

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@jsimsace: I see. Niiiiccceee one. Think I'll tag along w/@morriea. Especially if s/he's buying. O.o

@lll0228 What's your price per glass?

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@gmwhit: In the spirit of things I would suggest this place if you arrrrrgh thirsty.

Sorry, OP. :)

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@jsimsace: Noncommittal gmwhit here. Where in the world do you find wine (in a restaurant) at a $1 a glass?? Even house wine is more than that. Nor are we speaking of homemade wine...like my grandfather & mother used to make. ::slurp:: (Yes, they stomped the grapes. Wore rubber boots; not barefoot.)

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Following the lead of @gmwhit I'll add my noncommittal 2¢ here....I can't really put a per-glass price on wine due to the many variables involved. I will start the low-ball at $1 (on a very good night).

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Depends on the restaurant, the occasion and company. When dining in an 'upscale' (whatever that means) establishment, and 2 or more people are w/me, I would most likely order a bottle. Or 2 if there's a red/white pairing issue. Not a glass.

That said, in mid-price range restaurants, the house wine would probably suffice. Am not a connoisseur. Sorry I can't put a price on a glass. Couldn't do that w/a bottle either. :-/