I was in a flashy place with a lady a while back, and allowed myself to be seduced by the bottle of real french red wine on the table. It wasn’t a bad drop and hadn’t been sitting at room temperature for too long, so I gave the man the nod and sat there with my lips smacking in anticipation.
He wandered off, bottle in hand, and that was the last I saw of him for fifteen minutes or so. When the main course arrived and I still didn’t have anything to drink I gave the waitress a hard time, and sent her off in pursuit.
It transpired that my nice Merlot was being ‘woken up’ - which means that they stand it in a bucket of iced water until it’s undrinkably cold. I went mental! You can’t do that!
They told me it was standard practise, on the instructions of an owner who considered himself to be an expert. Tosser! I tried to get them to make him come and explain himself, but they wouldn’t.
I mentioned this to a buddy a while later and he told me about his only visit to a certain Taipei restaurant that makes a big deal of having so much wine. Apparently their cellar is refrigerated!
It’s fair enough that wine-drinking is not really part of the local culture, so I can understand a certain amount of ignorance. But this is bloody ridiculous. These idiots apparently don’t see any need to know the first thing about what they’re doing. Bunch of pretentious wankers if you ask me.