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a restaurant that doesn't put your wine bottle on your table

Granted, we don't get out much, but when we went to a restaurant in San Francisco a little while ago, we noticed that nobody's wine bottle was put on the table, but were all lined up on the bar at the end of the room. The waiters were very attentive in zooming in with the bottle and refilling glasses, so I doubt anybody was waiting with an empty glass. But I would find this annoying anyway, mainly because my husband will drink all his wine immediately, while I tend to nurse it at first to drink more later. So with waiters refilling, he gets all the wine after the first glass. I do not like this. Not at all.
Have those of you who've been around lots more than us seen this style of service? And what do you think of it?

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  1. correct me if I am wrong, but the location of the wine bottle has no influence on your ability to decide what amount of wine you consume. if the waiter is serving the wine and your husband "drinks all his wine immediately" then you're in the hole. How big were the tables? Could the wine have fallen off the tables? Were they wobbly?

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    1. Yeah, some restaurants have waiters schlepp bottles back & forth. They think it classy or something along those lines. I find it silly. If I see it coming, it tell them to leave my bottle in peace. I also hate waiters refilling wine glasses, it's up to each convive to decide how much / what / when.

      1. Many high end restaurants do this... As long as the waitstaff is attentive to our needs on pours, I think it is fine. I like the fact that it avoids extraneous table clutter. Especially when we have several bottles of wine.

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          But I would find this annoying anyway, mainly because my husband will drink all his wine immediately, while I tend to nurse it at first to drink more later. So with waiters refilling, he gets all the wine after the first glass. I do not like this. Not at all.
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          How is this any different than your husband (or waiter) picking up the bottle on the table and refilling the glass, while yours remains "nursed"? I don't get it.

          As far as having your wine at a different table, again -- how is this different than -- shudder -- having your wine in an ice bucket? Just because it's not on the table . . .

          (shrug)

          1. Just tell them to leave the bottle on the table.

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