$20.00 bottles of wine @ Troquet
I don't see any detail on Troquet's $20 list, but I'm guessing they'll have a handful each of reds, whites, and a sparkler or two. Good wine people (and they are very good wine people) can put together a great collection of $20 wines.
My own experience in hosting regular wine dinners with friends is that the consensus favorites are rarely the costliest. At a recent Spanish wine night we did, the biggest hits were all in the $8-12 retail range; the duds were all $24-30.
Well, we went Thursday night and had a great time! The four of us sat in the dining room on the second floor (they were almost full @ 6:00 but the main floor bar was empty). We started with a bottle of Cava, very good but it went down too fast. We ordered 4 appetizers, tuna ceviche, crab, lobster corn chowder and duck with a great bottle of dry rose from France. Then we split the pasta with wild mushrooms and the suckling pig (the best pork dish I have ever had!) with a bottle of red Bordeaux from France. It was a great night and a lot of fun not having to worry about the price of the wine.
I almost forgot, they offer twenty different wines for $20.00.
Three bottles of wine, four appetizers, two entrees' and a cheese plate. About $200.00 before tip!!