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Oct 12, 2006 10:09 PM

Calgary: Water menus?

Are there any restaurants in Calgary that feature water menus or water sommeliers? Curious how far the trend has come since the first water sommelier in NYC a few years ago.

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  1. Nice water menu at Capo. By definition, a sommelier is not concerned with water, so using the term sounds ridiculous, IMO.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Hm. Good point, I never stopped to think about that.

    2. alau2:

      In one of Jeffrey Steingarten's books...I think it was "The Man Who Ate Everything"...there is an excellent chapter on water and the restaurant trade. If you think that mark-ups and profits from the sale of wine are high you should read about "bottled" water.

      Have not encountered any "water menus" here in Edmonton but most places will have Pellegrino and the non-sparkling equivalent.

      I know that OPM...the Earls'/Joey's variant of Chinese food..some say their Western Canadian attempt to emulate P.F. Chang...sells VOSS as you see a number of customers leaving with the bottles to use at home as rose bud vases and the like.

      A very similar type bottle is now being used to market a new label of Italian pinot grigio. I have not tried it yet as I subscribe to the adage that if your eye is attracted by a wine bottle's shape beware of the content [smile]. Remember Pescevino in the bottle shaped literally like a fish?

      1. Which restaurants sell Voss in Calgary?

        1. Eight sells Voss among others. Sparkling and Still.
          I seem to recall Divino as well, but they might be back on Pellegrino.

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