I've always wanted to be a sommelier. But since being one involves pouring wine for people without spilling it on them, I simply took on the fun part of the job and created a wine list. It's for the fictional Restaurant Isle, a small place with a market-driven, New American menu and entrées in the $25 zone. Then I went to top restaurant wine pros and asked them for a critique. The result is a compendium of great advice for anyone ordering wine in restaurants, or even buying at a wine shop.
- Nino Franco Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Brut Veneto NV $10/$42
- Pierre Peters Blanc De Blancs Brut Champagne NV $18/$100
Ray's Wine Pick: Pierre Peters is a great maker of Blanc de Blancs, a Champagne style that's lean, crisp and very food-friendly.
Chris Blanchard, Down by Law Consulting: Since your menu is locally driven, why not offer a sparkling U.S. wine like Schramsberg? You could sell it for $55.