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Jul 5, 2007 12:36 PM

Zambra and Stemware

Has anyone else noticed that Zambra will not give you correct stemware for your wine unless you ask for it? I was there on Sunday night with a family member and we spent $100 but when I ordered a glass of wine 1/2 way through meal it was served in a generic 12 oz house wineglass. Since Zambra is a great restaurant and wine bar I think they should always offer crystal stemware. I was not able to fully appreciate and enjoy my red wine in the small glass. I called back today and talked to Peter Slamp, owner, and he told me that when you order a bottle for $75 and up you get crystal stemware. Good servers, I think, should offer crystal stemware to their guests. We left a 20% tip but I'm not sure I will go back to Zambra anytime soon. The Zambrarita that we had at the beginning of the meal was great.

Anyone else feel the same way about the importance of stemware at good restaurants?


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  1. I am not sure where Zambra is, but I got served pinot griogio in a champagne flute recently at Verde in Durham, NC. I think they were trying to be avant-guarde, but ..... no; I asked for a proper glass (which they promptly brought).

    BTW, Verde was a nice! surprise. Excellent food and VERY reasonable prices. (Just didn't use the right glasses!)

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      1. Not sure that you need crystal to enjoy the wine, but you should have the appropriate sized glass in order to let the wine open up. We have very cheap wine glasses at home but they are appropriate for the type of wine we are drinking at any given time.

        1. I have no idea where Zambra is either, but, I also appreciate great stemware for my wine.
          But, I also understand economics, and I do know that many restaurants will only give you expensive crystal glasses with expensive wine. The amount of glasseware that gets broken in every restaurant, everyday does not justify serving a $7.00 glass of wine in a $50.00 glass.
          I feel for you, but I think we all want the restaurants that we love to remain in business.

          1. I think crystal is a nice touch, but certainly not necessary. When we dined at Zambras recently we were very pleased with the food, service and, yes, the wine. It was suggested by our server, served in a generic wine glass, and paired very well with our dinner.