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Del Posto- to wine pair or not....

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I'm taking my wife to Del posto on friday for her birthday! I'm thinking of doing the 7 course tasting menu but wondered if the chowhound crowd would recommend the wine pairings or not. Not sure if ~$125/person would be better spent on full bottles of wine and my greatest fear is just stingy pours.

If anyone has any input to help I'd appreciate it! and any other del posto advice would be great.

-j

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85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. We did the wine pairing with the lunch prix-fixe (sadly, that option no longer exists) and were immensely pleased with the selections offered by the extremely knowledgeable sommelier.
    Somehow, I think that, at dinner, $250 would be better spent on two bottles and a glass of sweet wine with dessert, however. You should feel comfortable asking the sommelier this question, perhaps even calling him in advance of your visit. Everyone at Del Posto wants you to be happy, so this question is not out of line.

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    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: famdoc

      thx! i might call in adv and ask. hopefully other chowhounders have input as well

      1. re: jon462

        Did it once, at Daniel...two of us, ordering totally different food, and sampling each other's across the table. Love wine, but never realized how a perfectly matched wine could affect the flavor of the food, and vice versa. That's something you cannot get if you have a bottle of a single wine to go with two separate appetizers and a main dish. The wine choices were, of course, wines we'd never heard of and probably couldn't find in a shop, but it sure made the difference... we're still talking about it!

    2. I'm sure they do great pairings (at $125 they damn well better!) and it seems that were you to order them by the glass they'd add up to the same amount - hard to say since one of them isn't listed on their by-the-glass list, but it seems about right. That in mind, there's the simple fact that by-the-glass markup is much higher than bottle markup, so technically you could get "better" wines by ordering two bottles than by doing the pairings. But would they be better for those specific dishes? That's hard to say.

      If money isn't an object - or at least, spending on $250 on wine isn't an object - I'd say go with the pairings. They've put a lot of thought into what goes with what. I'd only switch to bottles if either a.) you wanted to spend a little less - ask the somm to pick out a white and a red for $X total to cover the meal, or b.) if you wanted to splurge a bit and spend more (a Quintarelli Amarone would be dynamite with the 100-layer Lasagne, sure...)

      1. We had the 7 course tasting menu last night at Del Posto. My dining companion had the wine pairing.

        Pluses: All pours were generous and was told at the beginning of the meal that if he wanted more of a specific wine during a course that more would be poured. Generous and classy

        Minuses: I did not get the pairing and the sommelier implied that my dining experience would be somehow diminished. Totally uncalled for and is never ever acceptable.

        Sommelier then redeems himself by his attentive service throughout the meal and by offering some great by-the-glass suggestions.

        So jon462 did you get the pairing?

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        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: truedog

          turedog:

          --think the wine pairing is intended for all members of a party. that may be why sommelier treated you like a freak
          --how much was 7-course with wine pairing? without?
          --what did you drink? your companion's wines?