Ask Sid: When I order a glass of house wine what size serving should I expect to receive?

April 3rd, 2019
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Question: When I order a glass of House Wine at a restaurant what size serving should I expect to receive?

Answer: Excellent question because there is no clearly recognized standard size. Perhaps there should be. Some places note their service size right on the Wine List. If not shown ask them. Most serve either a 5 ounce or 6 ounce size. A full standard bottle is 750 ml. so often they try to get 5 pours per bottle of around 150 ml each (or 5 ounces). Others provide a more generous pour using a 4 per bottle serving  guide for about 180 ml. (or 6+ ounces).  Check the price differences too. I ordered a glass of quality wine at a one star Michelin restaurant in Paris that stated on the menu that it would be 150 ml but must have been close to only 100. I complained. The best idea I have seen is the one used at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles by Nancy Silverton & Joe Bastianich. They take a wine bottle and pour it into 3 small carafes of 250 ml. each which you can then pour all for yourself to have with your delicious pizza or share with others. The good deal is that that you pay only 1/3 of the Wine List bottle price for your 1/3 carafe serving. Encourage more places to follow this type of fair wine service.

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April 3rd, 2019

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