Wine


Worst Wine List Trends: #DinersChoice Award-Winning Sommeliers Speak

This week, we celebrated the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America. Like snowflakes, no wine list is exactly like another. Each is a reflection of a sommelier’s unique perspective on the wines that will shine alongside a restaurant’s menu. Similar to menus, however, wine lists can fall prey to [...]

On Our Plate: Best Values on Best Wine Lists; SF Michelin-Starred Restaurants; Restaurant Weeks in Cleveland, Montreal, Long Island + More

Happenings on and around OpenTable… * We’re toasting the winners of the 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards for the 100 Best Wine Lists in the U.S. Find out which lists are the most sip-worthy! * Speaking of sip-worthiness, we asked the winning sommeliers to share the best values on their lists. Find out which bottles have [...]

Obamacare’s Effect on Restaurants; Wine Mark-ups Explained; Will Local Food Lose? + More News

Dining news from around the web and the world… * How not to respond to restaurant criticism on social media. Let this be a lesson. [Daily Mail] * Obamacare not a recipe for disaster for restaurants. It won’t have the repercussions once feared. [Wall Street Journal] * Life before OpenTable. It was awful for restaurant [...]

Behind the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Selection; Mid-Century Restaurants in America; Calorie Counts Not Curbing Our Appetites + More News

Dining news from around the world and the web… * The rules are there are no rules. Grub Street examines the voting guidelines and standards for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants — and finds there aren’t any. [Grub Street] * Sip and save. How to get the most value out of wine when dining out. [...]

Wine Prices to Rise; Kids Against Kid Menus; Chef Swims Against Current with Plankton + More News

Food and dining news from around the web and the world… * Meet the mashgiach. Also known as a gatekeepers, they keep kitchens kosher. [NY Times] * Get ready to whine about wine prices. They’re going up. [MSN Money] * Are kids over kid menus? At least one is — and she eloquently explains why. [TODAY] [...]

Counting Courses; Restaurants Fight the Flu; Great Wine by the Glass + More

Food and dining news from around the web and the world… * Waste not, want not. That saying has been around for a really long time, and yet half the world’s food supply goes to waste. Join me in a collective “Ugh!” [Los Angeles Times] * By the numbers. The so-called tyranny of tasting menus [...]