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Although there’s a stigma surrounding drinking by yourself, sometimes it can’t be helped! What if circumstances make it so that you must dine alone? What if your dinner companions call last-minute, sending regrets, after you’re already seated at your restaurant of choice? Dining and drinking alone does not have to be a sad affair. In fact, there are benefits. You can devote your full attention to your great glass of wine, and since most restaurants now offer “wine by the glass” (as well as half bottles), with the right questions you can turn your no-show meal into a fun “wine tasting for one!” Here’s how...
Ask for samples. If you’re going to order a glass of wine, ask your waiter for a few samples of the wines you’re interested in. In most cases, the response will be positive, and you’ll be able to sample some of the wines you’re considering (at no extra charge!)
Ask about “additional” wines not found on the “by-the-glass” menu. Quite often, especially as the night progresses, there’s an open bottle of something good sitting in the kitchen. Why? Perhaps a decent bottle of wine was opened, but then sent back by another patron? Perhaps someone ordered just a half bottle of wine, earlier, the other half just sitting around? You’ll often be allowed to purchase such leftover (and usually more expensive) wine by the glass if you ask!
Order a couple full bottles and share them with other patrons! You’ll make some happy friends very quickly, and they’ll often offer to return the favor come dessert time! (Here we come, dessert wines!)
There’s nothing to be ashamed about enjoying wine alone. And in a restaurant setting, you’re hardly alone; you’re surrounded by the restaurant’s wait staff and other guests! If you must drink wine alone, relish the moment! Try for a mini-tasting, ask about “special” wines, or share a bottle. Some restaurants with walk-in wine rooms, similar to the Vintage Series Wine Room 2600, will even allow single diners to take a peek inside. It never hurts to ask, and you might spot something really good! Cheers!