Over-pouring of wine may be the norm, but what if instead there was no pouring? Recently, a server in an established restaurant opened my bottle of wine, sat it on the table, and departed. I waited a few minutes before pouring it myself, determining it had been forgotten. I kept waiting for the server to offer to refill the glass, but it was not going to happen. After removing the cork, wine service was over for the evening, and I poured the entire bottle over the course of the meal. The server handled food and water, I did not witness any other bottles of wine being served, and overall service was agreeable. I was left to wonder.

A server in a restaurant where a bottle of wine is frequently on the ticket ought to be prepared to pour it. Just not too much.

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