One would think so based on this article in London-based Decanter magazine titled “Christopher Hitchens launches vitriolic attack on sommeliers.”
It quotes American wine author Hitchens: “The vile practice of butting in and pouring wine without being asked is the very height of bad manners. Not only is it a breathtaking act of rudeness in itself, but it conveys a none-too-subtle and mercenary message: ‘Hurry up and order another bottle.’ “
Now, I love sommeliers. They’re fellow hedonists, always ready to schmooze about the glories of wine. But I have seen the occasional one going around the table filling everybody’s glass to the brim.
This makes it impossible to swirl, and it tends to empty the bottle, pressuring the host to buy another, even if some of the diners aren’t finishing their overfilled glasses. And it’s hard to tell them to stop it without creating a fuss, which can put a damper on a nice meal.
Wine fans, read the whole article and tell me what you think.
Sommeliers, how do you react to this?
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