Sunday morning musings on wines by the glass
When I spoke to Saundra Batey, co-owner of Ullswater, last week for next Wednesday's Table Talk, she mentioned a minor but interesting fact. Although their new restaurant in Riverside is Italian, she said that by far their best selling wine by the glass was a Malbec from Argentina.
I had noticed since my trip to Argentina last Christmas (and, boy did I drink a lot of Malbec there) that it was showing up on wines-by-the-glass lists more here in Baltimore, but I hadn't realized it was that popular. ...
I wonder what makes a particular wine in fashion as a by-the-glass drink, and if it's different from what people are drinking by the bottle in restaurants. I would think it would, because the latter you're more likely to be drinking with food.
Maybe certain wines "hold" better once the bottle is open, so therefore they taste better when you get a glass from the last of a bottle that's sitting around.
Remember that song "Friday Night Fever" by George Strait where his significant other drinks only "a sip from a small glass of chablis" when they go out? Can you even get "chablis" by the glass in a bar anymore? I don't think so. (Occasionally I still see it as the house wine in a Chinese restaurant.)
I'm not even sure what the most popular white wine by the glass is these days. I would guess it's either Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
(Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)