Guest: "What is Txakolina?"
Server: "It's a Spanish white wine. It just means farm."
Sometimes sommeliers, servers, or bartenders don't know the answer, so they make something up! What have you overheard at restaurants or wine bars that made you do a double take?
A few days ago a guest asked for a Fernet Branca. The Somm said "I know we have Fernet but I'm not sure if we have the Blanca, I'll check with the bar". The guest looked at the Somm like he was an idiot. Because he was. That Somm was me! lol
Love the vulnerability, we've all had those moments! I far too recently called Ygrec "Chateau Y"
I'm a huge abuser of this.don't get me wrong, I know the Chateau I know wine makers I know their history, but I don't know French.
If I haven't heard it pronounced correctly, I will most likely butcher it until corrected.
Ygrec is just french for the letter Y (in the same way that if you were writing it out for someone, W would be double-you). You pronounce it EE-grek (hard G).