Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wine and Dine at the Family Chain Restaurant



They are everywhere easy to find and offer reasonable price along with menu items that suite the entire family. Therefore we often find our selfs dining at Whitespot, Matches, Swiss Chalet or Applebee's.

We may decide that a glass of wine will enhance the meal. The prices look okay. The question is when the menu says Jackson Triggs pinot grigio are we getting a Cellared in Canada wine or a VQA wine.

I will not order a know cellared in Canada wine such as the one pictured above. I do not buy a cellared in Canada wine for enjoyment at home. However, in some chain restaurants, there is often no other choice for wines listed from Canada. Restaurant Chains usually do not have high-end wine lists.  In many establishments your lucky to find any Canadian wines. However, that is changing.  You can probably for $6.00 a glass trust a name like Sumac Ridge or Jackson-Triggs to provide a good wine, even if it is their cellared in Canada selection.



Chances of finding a quality wine in these restaurants or a bar like Painted Rock almost Zero. There are some, like Catus Club that actually have a very good wine list. What you have to do is ask the server to show you the bottle or ask if the wine is  VQA or not.



There are people that like and enjoy boxed wines from those early days. They are often served in small family owned restaurants. All I can say is I hope the food is Good! :}



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