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How "bad" is the Alinea wine list?

OK, as I said in the other thread, my boyfriend and I are going to Alinea next Friday. We're reserved the 24 course tour menu. I've read that the wine pairing is probably not always on point, so we'll probably do bottles/half bottles of red and white, and glasses for desserts.
So my question is, how "damaging" is the list? Our experience at Jean Georges and the like is that you can't get a decent bottle for under $200. How much would you budget for wine? Are there bottles on the list you'd recommend (for the tour menu)?

Thank you very much in advance/.

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  1. When I ate at Alinea I got the wine pairing. I didn't think the pairings were bad. It's a lot of wine and you will probably be drunk at the end. The pairing is nice because you get to try a bunch of different wines. I don't know what the prices are for wine, but I'm sure they ar expensive. If you are going to have a 24 course menu and buy a bottle of wine to go with it. I think the onlt thing I would consider is something sparkling.

    1. I thought the wine pairings were excellent at my July '08 visit. Certainly better/more economical than ordering half bottles of a red and a white.

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      1. The wine pairings on my two trips (one this summer and one approximately two years ago) were wonderful.

        1. Thank you all for the info. Pairing it is, unless the boyfriend says otherwise. :)))

          1. My son and I were just there last week. I had the wine pairing with the 22 course and it was very good. No complaints from me.

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            1. re: Pastry 643 Dad

              May I ask how much the pairing costs? Thanks.

              1. re: nohofoods

                I believe the pairing was $170 extra.