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Wine Price Range of Barberian's?

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  • Solie Apr 5, 2007 11:06 AM
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Hi.

May I know the price examples or mark-up amount of wine in Barberian's?
I've heard of its fabulous wine list, and want to guess how much it is before I go.
Thanks guys....

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  1. There is very little below $100 a bottle. This is my biggest peeve with Barberians. They have no quality reasonably priced wines (i.e. $40-$50/bottle).

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    1. re: Aardvark

      I have a copy of Barberians Feb. 07 list. Mr. Barberian gave it to me, I didn't nick it. I counted over 320 wines at $100 or less. Aardvark, are there any lists in Toronto with more? As for your ($40-$50/bottle) test that is a tough test for any true "quality" wine. Good villages level Burgundy costs 35-40 per bottle. With a little help from one of Barberians knowledgeable waiters, their new young sommelier Christiana or Mr. Barberian himself I always find a "qualityā€¯ wine in the $75-$85 range. Hope that helps, Solie.

      1. re: 90pts

        I believe Opus on Prince Arthur has the largest wine list I've ever seen. Bigger than some phonebooks.

        ...Jay

        1. re: shampurj

          I think OPUS, BARBERIAN'S & VIA ALLEGRO all have lists over 2500 selections. Spectacularly grand lists if you will. The comment was about wines under $100.00. I've dined at all 3 in the last 8 months. Only Barberians had a large selection under $100.

    2. Solie...let us know whether your question was answered to your satisfaction. Obviously, depending on your perspective you might think Barberians is fabulous or over priced.

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      1. re: Aardvark

        Sorry for the late reply..... it was easter.....;-)
        Yes.... all of your answers is satisfactory.
        According to 90pts, I'd better try to go to Barberian's first.
        I will let you know the details after I visit there.
        Thanks a lot.

        1. re: Solie

          Hello All.
          While searching the net today I came across this discussion. I manage Barberians for my family. As so I will not editorialize just state a few facts. Our list currently has over 450 wines under $100.00. Our wine list, as we speak, has 2,667 selections. We price our wines on a sliding scale. As an example a bottle that costs us $10.00 we sell for about $30.00, a bottle worth $1000.00 sells for about $1100.00.
          I think this answers both the original question and the follow up.

          Sincerely
          Arron B. Barberian

          1. re: A.Barberian

            Mr. Barberian is right - I ate there last week for the first time, and was sorely tempted by the upper range of the wine list as there are some real values there. But there are plenty of wines under $100, and it's a fun list to peruse.

            1. re: childofthestorm

              My second point in my original post was really the one that I wanted to emphasize. Trotting out a long list of $85 wines (yes they are less than $100) sort of misses my point (my fault since I did mention $100).

              Having 450 wines at $90 is not the same as having 450 wines at $50. They are both under $100 but my original intent was to focus on the lack of wines in the $40-$50 range.

              If there are a 100 or so wines on the list in that range then I gladly stand corrected on my original post.

              1. re: Aardvark

                Aardvark raises a very good point. So, I checked our list again for wines under $50 per bottle. We have 78 of them; not bad, given the fact that they all made it past our staff tasting panel.
                I understand the consumer demand for fair pricing when it comes to wine. I to eat out regularly and am shocked by the prices some ask for table wine.

                Sincerely
                Arron B. Barberian

                1. re: A.Barberian

                  Mr Barberian's posts are examples of why his exemplary steak house is such a successful and warm place to eat - and drink !

                  1. re: Bigtigger

                    OK, that's it then....
                    It has been well over 20 years since I dined at Barberian's.
                    Looks like I am going back soon.

                    1. re: Poorboy

                      When I ate there last week Lily Allen was sitting at the next table, ordered a hot fudge sundae after her steak and I kind of fell in love.

                      Barberian's: choice of pop stars and wine aficianados alike...

              2. re: childofthestorm

                78 bottles is certainly a good number of wines in that price range and I will definitely make a point to go there again to sample some of them.

        2. Just adding my 2c - although I think the Arron Barberian posts are excellent. He revealed his connection; gave factual information and it was believable.
          My tastes don't usually run to steak, but if i want a blow-out, Barberians would be my first choice (and has been maybe once or twice a year). As an aside I sort-of know Arron - not because I'm a regular, but he and his family regularly attend the same diner as I do.
          His winelist is (one of?) the best in the city. I am sometimes tempted to move up to a more expensive wine because of the 'relatively' better value, but most of the time am under $100 (occasionally slightly over when I spot a bargain - he's accused me of cherry-picking the best values on his winelist - especially for Oregon/Washington bottlings).
          And its almost superfluous to point out that Barberians has been around a lot longer than many Chowhounds! Longevity occurs for a reason - and in this case it's top quality steaks and great wines. I wouldn't go anywhere else at those prices - although I do admit to visiting the Keg for a 'quickie' from time-to-time.