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Jun 1, 2013 07:42 PM

Is the second pour always larger than the first?

Why buying wine by the glass at moderate-price restaurants, I've noticed that the second glass is more generous than the first, even when I switch wines. Is this a common practice or am I just experiencing a happy anomaly?

Also, when I host a casual gathering, why do I always end up with more wine than I served? (Not complaining of course, but I do feel a bit guilty profiting from a party!) Does this happen to others?

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  1. Not sure how you end up with more wine. I wish I had that problem. As far as receiving a larger pour on the second time, there could be a lot of reasons: good tipping, friendly conversation, emptying the end of the bottle, or just not paying attention. I doubt its intentional unless you are tipping well by the round.

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    1. re: primebeefisgood

      "Not sure how you end up with more wine. I wish I had that problem."

      I took this to mean that the OP receives bottles of wine from guests to the point that by the time the party is over, these gifts have outnumbered the amount of bottles served. Or something like that.

    2. Interesting observation! never noticed, but I'll start paying attention...

      At first I thought you might be talking about self-pours (such as in BYOB), and in that case I think that successive pours do tend to be larger, b/c the person pouring tends to be a little more inebriated with each pour... (check out my 3rd or 4th rum and coke pour, for example)... but that wouldn't explain why a server's pour would be larger...

      Curious... what do you find the trend in subsequent pours (3rd, 4th, and so on)... to be from your observations?

      1. Establishments typically have a standard pour (i.e. 5 oz) but some places allow the staff more leeway than others. I've never noticed the phenomenon you mentioned and is not an industry standard. But good for you if you have someone pouring generously.

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        1. re: lynnlato

          I've noticed this in a bunch of places in the Boston area, from chains like Bertucci's to independent ethnic places. And to answer Tombstone's question, the 3rd pour is usually the same as the 2nd. Both are more generous than the first. Haven't made it to a 4th yet, but if I do, I'll have an answer!

          1. re: Isolda

            Maybe it's a common practice in Boston or regionally in MA? I've worked in many restaurants over the years and it's not a practice I am familiar with. It would seem that they would be opening themselves up to criticism from guests who only buy one glass of wine (not to mention the liability and
            the Liquor Control Board issues that might arise). Of course there are bartenders who give an extra splash to big tippers or regulars but I haven't heard of a "2nd glass extra splash" general rule.

            1. re: Isolda

              +1 and have not gone for the 4th glass either, Not YET anyway.
              And yes I live in Boston.

          2. Is this the corollary to "The Girls Always Look Better at Closing Time?"

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            1. re: collioure

              I am wondering the same thing.

              I have not observed similar, though I do not use a graduate to measure my pours.

              Now, there ARE some wine bars, and restaurants, where ALL pours seem a bit large.

              Also, I often encounter B-T-G wines, that get "topped up," though I have not requested such, and those extra ozs. do not appear on any bill?


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