I have the pleasure of coming up with a wine list for a fine dining steakhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This is my first opportunity to do so and I want to do it right and impress! So my question for all of you, what is your absolute number one wine that needs to be on that list. Steak sauce add ons will include au poive, portuguese inspired chimichurri, brandy braised crab, nebbiolo demi. A focus will also be the marrow of the cow, featured in dishes and used to coat the steaks.There will be a rotating fish du jour option.I would just love to hear opinions from sommeliers around the world on what they think sells and works best in their restaurant. Thank you all so much, cheers!
Check out the Pappa's Brothers Steakhouses on line. Each location has their list available as a PDF. These are amazing programs. Also, there's a lot of cash flow that can be generated with Napa Cabernet in an American Steakhouse.
Thanks man! Oh and i absolutely know Napa Cabernet is a profit monster, I think that is obvious, that's why I'm seeking advice on other varietals people enjoy
Yeah, Pappa's Brothers! I'm sure you've read all of the lists mentioned in these articles already, but just in case:https://www.winecountry.com/blog/10-best-steakhouse-wine-lists-across-the-country/http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/52352https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/dining/breaking-free-of-steakhouse-wine-list-tradition.htmlI'd add John Howie Steak to the lists for an example of something a bit more managable: https://johnhowiesteak.blob.core.windows.net/menu/WineList.pdf?636526778588606498I point out those, because there is no one answer to your question, but there are themes in all of them.To deviate from the Napa Cab, try out Champagne Salon and Jacques Selosse Substance with your steaks. So unexpectedly delicious (and for two different reasons). Another great deviation in more of a parallel is Quintarelli Alzero. Has some of the elements that make Napa Cab great with steak, but is an utterly unique wine. And have some fun selling syrah with your au poive. Syrah can perform well in that environment, but need some enthusiasm to sell. Kongsgaard Syrah with some age kills. As do funky Washington versions from the likes of Cayuse and Gramercy. As do northern Rhone styles with more oak like Guigal and Jean Marc Colombo. Finally, find some good Amarone (or Valpo in general...just watch the sugar levels and make sure you're not offering super sweet bottlings).