Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House

Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. Today, Brian heads over to Citizen Public House to uncork the secrets of the restaurant wine list.

In all likelihood, a restaurant is the most common location you're going to try new and interesting wines. Whether a server persuades you to try a bottle, or you choose something based on your wine knowledge or blind hope, you probably are going to end up with something in front of you that is brand spanking new (in your world, at least). This can be an intimidating experience. Or, it can be a fun and educational one. Some of this depends on you -- the questions you ask, your knowledge of wine, and what you're looking for on the list. But some of the experience also depends on the restaurant, and the service staff there.

If you are headed to your neighborhood Applebee's and start pestering your server about their "wine list," I wouldn't expect anything other than a hilariously terrified blank look..

"Yes [insert server here], I'm looking to pair your Sizzlin' Chicken Fundido with a nice glass of white -- what do you think would work best with the fake cheese aspect of the dish?"

The conversation probably isn't going to end well.

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