From 6pm-8pm tonight, Bistro 110 will be outsourcing its summer wine list selection process…to you. We really like this concept: the restaurant is bringing in four to six new and notable wines each from around half a dozen producers, and attendees will sample the wines and vote on their favorites. Then, the top picks will be compiled and the winners will take a place on Bistro 110’s new wine list, which comes out in a few weeks. Everybody wins - attendees get to try almost 30 wines with passed hors d’oeuvres for $30 ($20 if they are Levy Preferred members [free signup]), and Bistro 110 gets its potential wine list vetted by representative consumers for nothing.
This exercise raises an interesting question about tastes and preferences. Who picks a better wine list: a trained sommelier, versed in the intricacies of oenology; or the public masses, versed in intricacies of what tastes good to them. We think that the latter group could easily come up with an enjoyable wine list, but not necessarily one that’s interesting or challenging. Of course, your votes could change all that.