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Snooth User: AlineAlmeida

Wine List Directory anyone?

Posted by AlineAlmeida, Jul 7.

Hello Snooth friends!

I found this website for beer and I was wondering if we have any equivalents for wine... if not, we should! http://www.beermenus.com/ 

Please let me know if you know of one, at least for New York. It may help with a frequent issue: picking the best deal on the list and having the server say it's sold out or no longer available....

Thanks!

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Reply by EMark, Jul 7.

Aline, I clicked on your link, but was denied entry.  I gave up my e-mail address on was able to get on the site to see what it was.

This site detected my location and lists, I'm going to guess, 50-60 businesses (mostly,bars and restaurants, but, also, liquor stores) that sell beer.  Then it lists the "Beer Menu" that they offer.

It is pretty neat, and, yes, if I found one for wine, I would spend some time perusing it.

It is not clear to me how an establishment gets on the list.  I would assume that they pay for it, but that may not be correct.  

On the surface it appears that the list is not meant for consumers, but maybe I was going in through the wrong door..  They ask if you "Own or manage a bar, restaurant or beer store?"  However, they never asked me to provide any credentials.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 7.

Doing that for wine sounds like a great business opportunity, if no one's doing it yet. Mobile app first (iPhone, later Android), followed nearly simultaneously by Web app.

Something Snooth might've considered doing back in its energetic early days...

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Reply by dvogler, Jul 8.

I express displeasure if they cannot be on top of their wine list.  A place I go to somewhat often, has recently offered me a glass from a bottle only for sale by the bottle because the Rioja I asked for was out.

I appreciated the gesture and accepted.  On the other hand, another place had a killer wine on the "by the glass" list and I could see the "by the glass" bottles in a group at the bar and did not see the good one (I know the bottle by sight).  I asked if they had one and the wait person said they were told not to open it by the glass.  She was a ditz, but the bartender offered me a bigger pour of something else for less money.

It doesn't take much effort to make a happy customer.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 8.

Would be an incredible thing to browse wines available at restaurants...if you strike out at retail, would be a worthwhile plan B. However, many or most restaurants don't include their list or keep it up to date on their website. If only they'd act more like retailers.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 8.

If you call or email the restaurant they will email/FAX you a copy of their wine list. I've done his before with restaurants who do not show their list online. But most of the time I BYO so it's mainly to peruse for a backup in case mine is flawed.

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Jul 8.

Yes, agree with all postings... And I think what the beer website does is somewhat manual work, someone should start this -- Dmcker: business partner? ;)

I have had so many instances where the wine I chose (glass or bottle) was not available that it turned into an inside joke. I take it as a compliment to my ability to spot a good deal, but it is frustrating.

New York doesn't have as many good BYOB restaurants as I would hope for. But I may be a little spoiled; at least we have some! One of my favorites is Tartine in the West Village.

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Reply by dmcker, Jul 8.

Yes, agree with all postings... And I think what the beer website does is somewhat manual work, someone should start this -- Dmcker: business partner? ;)

 

If you are, or anyone you know is, serious about this I have a couple of people (coder and UX designer) handy who already have an attractive iPhone app we could tie the business to, and who've been asking me to help them.

PM me about it.


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