Tips needed...don't want to embarass myself with BYOB at Scaramouche
I was planning on bringing a bottle of red to Scaramouche. I have some nice wine put down, but I'm not a wine expert at all, and don't want to bring something that the sommalier will have on his "guess what the stupid customer brought" roster of stories for decades to come.
Is there a general price point where you just don't BYOB? I know that the corkage is $30, so would a bottle that was purchased for, say, $60 at a wine merchant be sufficient. Higher? Lower?
Any tips you could give would be much appreciated, and sorry for being so ignorant about this!
No one is a wine tasting expert, only an expert on what they like. There... I said it. If you love this wine then I my only suggestion is to be sure the menu offers choices that pair well with it. Remember you can by-the-glass during the appetizers and amuse-bouche so you needn't worry about pairing then nor decanting time for your own. I can't imagine anyone entering Scaramouche and not being treated gracefully.
Agreed with Googs and gg, pick a wine you like or think you will like (chat with the staff at a Vintages store). $60 is a fine price point, even lower if you want, as there are excellent wines for less than that. Remember that that $60 bottle would cost you around $180 in the restaurant, so the $30 corkage fee still makes it a good deal.
And the staff at Scaramouche are so gracious, they would never make you feel uncomfortable for your choice of wine. Just let your server know that you brought a special bottle with you and he will give it to the sommelier. Ian is the sommelier and he will be able to suggest good food pairings for the wine you bring. The bottom line is to just relax, there is nothing to be stressed about in this situation. Enjoy!
Thanks for all of your help. I have a 2004 Pommard Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet that I've been saving for a couple of years, and hope we'll like it and it pairs well. Thanks for your suggestions...I just couldn't face paying $150-$200 for a nice bottle of something when I have a bottle with sentimental value waiting for an occasion.
re: Suburban Gourmand
I agree with the others. I'm sure that Ian Clarke, the sommelier, would be more than happy to help you select a suitable pairing. He is very gracious and completely unpretentious so as torontojo said, there is nothing to be stressed out about. You'll have a fabulous night, and I'm totally jealous. Please tell Ian hello from Mr and Mrs Millygirl.